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Success! Som Bay from Cambodia raised $425 to fund bilateral eye surgery.

Som Bay
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$425
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$0
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Fully funded
Som Bay's treatment was fully funded on January 11, 2020.

Photo of Som Bay post-operation

January 13, 2020

Som Bay underwent eye surgery.

Som Bay has returned home after a successful operation. As per her doctor’s instructions, she had one eye completed, and will need to return in a few weeks to have cataract treatment for her other eye. Surgery will allow her to work and go about her daily life with improved vision. Her doctor looks forward to seeing her again in a couple weeks.

“I am so happy that I am able to see everything and everyone clearly after my eye surgery. Now, I can continue my work at the rice farm, do housework, and go anywhere outside by myself much easier than before,” Som Bay shared.

Som Bay has returned home after a successful operation. As per her doctor's instructions, she had one eye completed, and will need to return...

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January 7, 2020

Som Bay is a 67-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She enjoys looking after her family members and visiting the local village.

One year ago, Som Bay developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Som Bay learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and half hours seeking treatment. On January 8th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $425 procedure.

“I hope that I will be able to see clearly so I can return to my work on the rice farm,” she shared.

Som Bay is a 67-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She enjoys looking after her family members and visiting the local village. One year ...

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Som Bay's Timeline

  • January 7, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Som Bay was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • January 8, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Som Bay 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.

  • January 8, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Som Bay's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 11, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Som Bay's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 13, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Som Bay's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $425 for Som Bay's treatment
Hospital Fees
$88
Medical Staff
$257
Medication
$0
Supplies
$80
  • 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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88% funded

88%funded
$771raised
$103to go

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