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Success! Savon from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery.

Savon
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Savon's treatment was fully funded on September 17, 2021.

Photo of Savon post-operation

September 3, 2021

Savon underwent cataract surgery.

Savon’s cataract surgery went well. After surgery, he was given eye drops to reduce the risk of infection and aid in his healing. After years of difficulty with his vision, Savon is hopeful that his improved vision will allow him to help his family in the rice fields once again and enable him to continue helping care ​for his grandchildren.

Savon’s wife shared, “I am so happy my husband has been able to have this procedure to improve his vision. His life will be so much better now that he can go outside and be more independent. Thank you for helping him to have better eyesight.”

Savon's cataract surgery went well. After surgery, he was given eye drops to reduce the risk of infection and aid in his healing. After year...

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August 12, 2021

Savon is a 68-year-old rice farmer. He and his wife have one son and three daughters, as well as many grandchildren. Recently, Savon has experienced trouble with his vision, and does not work as much anymore. Instead, he spends most of his time taking care of his grandchildren. Throughout the day, he likes to take walks and listen to the news on his phone.

Three years ago, Savon developed a cataract in his left eye, causing blurry vision and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and completing daily tasks.

When Savon learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On August 12th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Children’s Surgical Center is requesting $229 for this procedure.

Savon shared, “I am hopeful that my vision can get better after the surgery, so I can see my whole family, and even work a little bit to help them.”

Savon is a 68-year-old rice farmer. He and his wife have one son and three daughters, as well as many grandchildren. Recently, Savon has exp...

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Savon's Timeline

  • August 12, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 12, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Savon 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.

  • August 16, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Savon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 3, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Savon's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 17, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Savon's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Savon'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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Cho

Cho is a 50-year-old woman who lives with her husband and their three children in Burma. Cho is a homemaker, and her three children are students. However, their school is currently closed due to the ongoing political and humanitarian crisis in the country. Her husband used to work as a day labourer in Mawlamyine City but stopped working a few months ago because he was afraid of the military arresting him. To support his family, he goes fishing everyday near their village. From selling any surplus fish, he is able to earn about 100,000 kyat (approx. 100 USD) per month. This income is not enough to cover their daily needs or pay for basic health care, but they are working hard to get by. A few months ago, Cho noticed that she had a blister on her left heel. A few days later it burst and became an ulcer. Although she wanted to see a doctor, most of the public clinics and hospitals were closed, and she also could not afford to pay for treatment at them. In early September 2021, she went to a pharmacy nearby to buy medication for her diabetes but they could only provide her with painkillers and cleaning solution for the wound. At home, Cho cleaned the ulcer, but it continued to worsen. One day, her neighbour told her to go to Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital (MCLH), where she could receive affordable and good services. Cho borrowed money and went to MCLH. She was admitted on September 28th 2021, and the doctor examined her left heel and saw that her heel was swollen and that the ulcer had pus in it. The doctor then scheduled her to undergo surgery on September 30th 2021 to clean the ulcer and remove any necrotic tissue so she can heal. Our care center is requesting $694 to fund of Cho's wound debridement surgery, including her hospital stay and all other medical costs. Currently, Cho is in a lot of pain. When the temperature is cooler, especially at night, the pain worsens. If she does not take pain medication, she cannot sleep at night. Cho said, "When I heard donors may support my surgery, I felt very happy. Even though we have not met you in person, I want to thank you so much for helping me. I just want to live a healthy and happy life with my family.”

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