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

Sokhun
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Sokhun's treatment was fully funded on April 26, 2021.

Photo of Sokhun post-operation

April 12, 2021

Sokhun underwent a sight-restoring eye surgery.

Sokhum had a smooth and successful cataract operation. Surgery has improved Sokhun’s vision and he can now see the faces of his children clearly, which brings him joy. His wife is very happy for him and is glad that he can see clearly again, and she’s relieved she won’t have to worry anymore about his vision loss any more.

Sokhum shared, “I am so happy to be able to go outside, watch the news, and return to work to help support my family. Thank you!”

Sokhum had a smooth and successful cataract operation. Surgery has improved Sokhun’s vision and he can now see the faces of his children cle...

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April 5, 2021

Sokhun is a 50-year-old food seller who is married and has one son and one daughter. Sokhun lives with his wife, who also works as a food seller at a school. In his free time, Sokhun enjoys spending time with his children, watching news on his smartphone, and listening to the radio.

Two years ago, Sokhun developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurred vision, irritation, and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Sokhun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled there with his wife seeking treatment. On April 5th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Sokhun shared, “I hope my eye can see well after surgery so I can go outside and help my wife sell food to support ourselves.”

Sokhun is a 50-year-old food seller who is married and has one son and one daughter. Sokhun lives with his wife, who also works as a food se...

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Sokhun's Timeline

  • April 5, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 5, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sokhun 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.

  • April 6, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sokhun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 12, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sokhun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 26, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sokhun's treatment was fully funded.

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Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Sokhun'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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