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Success! Srey Ka from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery so she can see well.

Srey Ka
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Srey Ka's treatment was fully funded on July 5, 2021.

Photo of Srey Ka post-operation

July 19, 2021

Srey Ka underwent cataract surgery so she can see well.

Srey Ka had a successful surgery. She will now rest for a few days and have eye drops instilled in her eye several times daily to aid in healing. Now, Srey Ka will no longer have to miss school and can read, write and see well again.

Her mother said, “I am so grateful because Srey Ka is such a bright child and was doing well before her injury. Things are so hard in Cambodia now, but Srey Ka can see better and will grow up to be successful and beautiful.”

Srey Ka had a successful surgery. She will now rest for a few days and have eye drops instilled in her eye several times daily to aid in hea...

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June 15, 2021

Srey Ka is a nine-year-old, third grade student. She lives with her parents and her two siblings. Her parents are construction workers. Srey Ka enjoys writing at school, especially creating stories about other students. Outside of school, she likes to play sports with her friends.

One month ago, due to a traumatic injury, Srey Ka developed a cataract in her left eye, causing blurry vision and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Srey Ka’s family learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for two hours with her mother to seek treatment. On June 15th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, Srey Ka will be able to see clearly. Now, her family needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Srey Ka wishes for recovery: “I hope I can easily play sports with my friends again, and see my teacher easily in school.”

Srey Ka is a nine-year-old, third grade student. She lives with her parents and her two siblings. Her parents are construction workers. Srey...

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Srey Ka's Timeline

  • June 15, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 15, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Srey Ka 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.

  • June 16, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Srey Ka's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 5, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Srey Ka's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 19, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Srey Ka's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Srey Ka'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.