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Success! Sok Khan from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring surgery.

Sok Khan
  • $229 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Sok Khan's treatment was fully funded on December 23, 2021.

Photo of Sok Khan post-operation

December 31, 2021

Sok Khan underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Sok Khan’s surgery was successful! She returned home with eye drops to continue her healing. Her eyesight will continue to improve over time, and she can return to farming with her children to help support the family and ensure her grandchildren stay in school. Sok Khan will be able to live more productively and participate in her community as a result of her surgery.

Her son shared, “We are thankful that my mother’s eyesight will improve. She can be independent, help with housework, and visit the pagoda to hear the monks chant, which she loves to do. Thank you for your support so we can have good lives in our village.”

Sok Khan's surgery was successful! She returned home with eye drops to continue her healing. Her eyesight will continue to improve over time...

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October 25, 2021

Sok Khan is a 67-year-old farmer. She has one daughter, four sons, and eight grandchildren. Sok Khan lives with her youngest son, who is a construction worker. In her free time, she likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio.

Two years ago, Sok Khan developed a cataract in her left eye, causing blurry vision, irritation, and tearing. As a result, she has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Sok Khan learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On October 25th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly again. CSC is requesting $229 to help fund Sok Khan’s procedure.

Sok Khan shared, “I hope my eye can see well again so I can go to plant crops well, and I can help my daughter-in-law do housework and take care of my grandchildren.”

Sok Khan is a 67-year-old farmer. She has one daughter, four sons, and eight grandchildren. Sok Khan lives with her youngest son, who is a c...

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Sok Khan's Timeline

  • October 25, 2021

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

  • October 25, 2021

    Sok Khan 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.

  • October 26, 2021

    Sok Khan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 23, 2021

    Sok Khan's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 31, 2021

    Sok Khan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Sok Khan's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • 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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