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Success! Sokhom from Cambodia raised $229 to fund eyesight-restoring cataract surgery.

Sokhom
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
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$0
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Fully funded
Sokhom's treatment was fully funded on September 26, 2021.

Photo of Sokhom post-operation

August 8, 2021

Sokhom underwent eyesight-restoring surgery.

Sokhom did not think her eyesight would ever be normal again, and was sad that she could not help her husband or see her 10 grandchildren grow up. After her surgery, her vision was immediately improved. She was finally able to return to her province the following day to begin the healing process. She looks forward to visiting her community pagoda and helping her family on the farm again.

Sokhom said: “I am so thankful I was able to receive this care. Thank you to the CSC staff who helped me and to the strangers who help Cambodians like me to see better.”

Sokhom did not think her eyesight would ever be normal again, and was sad that she could not help her husband or see her 10 grandchildren gr...

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July 5, 2021

Sokhom is a 62-year-old rice farmer with two daughters, three sons, and 10 grandchildren. She lives with her husband, who is also a rice farmer. She enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio and at ceremonies at the pagoda.

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

When Sokhom learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On July 5th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting support to fund this $229 procedure.

Sokhom shares her plans post-recovery, “I hope after surgery my eye can see better easily so I can recognize things well, go outside, and plant some vegetables around my house.”

Sokhom is a 62-year-old rice farmer with two daughters, three sons, and 10 grandchildren. She lives with her husband, who is also a rice far...

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Sokhom's Timeline

  • July 5, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 5, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sokhom 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.

  • July 7, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sokhom's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 8, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sokhom's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 26, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sokhom's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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