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Success! Sa Roeun from Cambodia raised $292 to fund cataract surgery.

Sa Roeun
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$292
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Sa Roeun's treatment was fully funded on December 30, 2016.

Photo of Sa Roeun post-operation

January 30, 2017

Sa Roeun underwent successful cataract surgery.

Sa Roeun’s eye cataract was successfully removed from her right eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, the patient was given eye drops to reduce inflammation and prevent infection.

Sa Roeun says, “I feel very happy that I can see clearly again. I can easily do any work at home, and I can go anywhere outside by myself.”

Sa Roeun's eye cataract was successfully removed from her right eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, the patien...

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November 30, 2016

Sa Roeun is a 68-year-old woman from Cambodia. She is married with three sons, two daughters, and six grandchildren. She likes to listen to monks pray and look after her grandchildren.

Two years ago, Sa Roeun developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurred vision and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, working, and going anywhere outside.

When Sa Roeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On November 30, doctors performed a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, Sa Roeun will be able to see clearly again. Now, she needs help to fund this $292 procedure.

“I hope that I can see more clearly,” she says, “so that I can recognize people and go places by myself without needing to bother others to come with me.”

Sa Roeun is a 68-year-old woman from Cambodia. She is married with three sons, two daughters, and six grandchildren. She likes to listen to ...

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Sa Roeun's Timeline

  • November 30, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sa Roeun was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • November 30, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sa Roeun received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • December 12, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sa Roeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 30, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sa Roeun's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 30, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sa Roeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Sa Roeun's treatment
Hospital Fees
$187
Medical Staff
$100
Medication
$5
Supplies
$0
  • 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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Nwe

Nwe is a 36-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her family in Thingangkuun Township in Yangon Division. Nwe works as a seamstress at home while her husband works in a factory. In her free time, Nwe likes to play with her nephew who lives close by and also loves to watch movies at home. Nwe was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Nwe experiences tiredness especially when she walks for longer periods of time. If she feels tired, she also experiences heart palpitations. Sometimes, she also suffers from dizziness. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Nwe. The treatment is scheduled to take place on March 24th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Nwe shared, “I feel stressed about my condition. I am afraid to have surgery but there is no other option. I hope that after I have fully recovered from my surgery, I will be able to work as seamstress again.” Nwe’s husband is also worried for her and he has had to take time off from work to accompany her to all her appointments. He said, “I get paid daily for my work and if I do not work regularly then I have less income. Before, we were able to save some money from our work but since my wife was diagnosed with a heart problem and started to see the doctor for tests and medications, we can no longer save any money.”

88% funded

88%funded
$1,331raised
$169to go

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