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Success! Sout from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring eye surgery.

Sout
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sout's treatment was fully funded on December 15, 2021.

Photo of Sout post-operation

December 22, 2021

Sout underwent sight-restoring eye surgery.

It was hard for Sout to admit she was going blind and to ask for help, but she was afraid she might not see her children and grandchildren grow up. Luckily, she was able to receive treatment and her surgery was successful! Following surgery, Sout could immediately see better and said it felt like a miracle after living with poor vision. Now, she can return to the market to sell fruit, keep track of money, and help her customers. This surgery will help not only Sout, but her family, to have a better life.

Sout said: “I am so thankful that I can see well now. I can go outside, sell fruit, and be more independent. Thank you to the CSC staff and everyone who restored my vision.”

It was hard for Sout to admit she was going blind and to ask for help, but she was afraid she might not see her children and grandchildren g...

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October 25, 2021

Sout is a mother of six and sells fruit at the market. Sout has two daughters, four sons, and many grandchildren. She likes to listen to the news and the monks praying on the radio.

Four years ago, Sout developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Sout learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours and half seeking treatment. On October 25th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Sout says, “I hope my eye can see well so I can go to sell fruits again. I also want to visit the pagoda by myself.”

Sout is a mother of six and sells fruit at the market. Sout has two daughters, four sons, and many grandchildren. She likes to listen to the...

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Sout's Timeline

  • October 25, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sout was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • October 25, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sout received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre in Cambodia. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • October 26, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sout's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 15, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sout's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 22, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sout's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

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Funded by 1 donor

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Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Sout's treatment
Hospital Fees
$48
Medical Staff
$141
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients with cataracts experience decreased vision, discomfort, and irritation. Cataracts occur when the lens inside the eye becomes cloudy, causing functional blindness. These changes in the lens commonly occur with increasing age and therefore affect elderly people. Cataracts can also be congenital or traumatic.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

The decreased vision from cataracts can cause functional blindness. This makes it difficult for the patient to conduct daily activities. Patients often need a family member to help guide and care for them. If the patient is elderly, this often affects a young child in the family. When a grandmother needs help getting around, a young child is often assigned to help with her daily tasks. That child cannot go to school.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

In many countries in the developing world, surgical services are inadequate. Cataracts remain the leading cause of blindness globally. Even where surgical services are available, barriers to surgery remain, including cost, shortage of human resources, poor infrastructure, and limited awareness about access to available services.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Cataract surgery is the most common surgery performed worldwide. Surgeons remove the cloudy lens and place a clear lens implant in its place.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

A patient's vision can improve to 20/20 within one day after the surgery.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Cataract surgery is highly effective and carries a low risk.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Cataract surgery is available in most areas of Cambodia. However, free surgery is not as widely available.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Some debilitating effects of cataracts can be improved with glasses. When the cataract becomes mature, however, the only definitive treatment is surgical.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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Myo is 40-years-old and lives with his two sisters, two nephews, and two nieces in a village in Burma. He was a fisherman but stopped working when he started to experience problems on his left foot. As a result, his sisters support their household. One year ago, Myo noticed that his left big toe was itchy and swollen after he came home from fishing. Soon enough, it developed into an ulcer. Without enough money to go to a clinic or a hospital, he used traditional medicine and bought pain medicine to clean the infection. However, each time Myo would clean the ulcer, it would heal but returning a month later. Four months after he first developed the ulcer, the recurrent ulcer worsened until he could no longer walk without support from his sister. Eventually, he saved enough funds to visit a health clinic. When the ulcer still did not heal, he went to a second clinic and was referred to our medical partner's care center, Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital (MCLH). At MCLH, the doctor tried to first clean and treat the infection. When that did not work, the doctor told him that they would have to amputate his left big toe and referred Myo to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) for assistance accessing treatment. On January 13th, Myo will undergo treatment to amputate his left big toe so that his infection can finally be treated and not spread to other parts of his body. For the treatment, BCMF is requesting $1,500 to help cover the costs. Hopefully, he will be able to return to fishing and other activities he previously enjoyed soon. Myo is hopeful that things will be better after surgery and shared, "When I recover, I will find work and support my sisters’ families.”

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