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Sour is a grandfather of sixteen from Cambodia who needs $229 to fund sight-restoring cataract eye surgery.

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August 6, 2020

Sour is a 73-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has four daughters, four sons, and sixteen grandchildren. Since his wife passed away three years ago, he lives with his daughter and her family. He spends most of his time taking care of his grandchildren, tending a garden and listening to the radio.

Seven years ago, Sour developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Sour learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for four-and-a-half hours by taxi seeking treatment. On August 6th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Sour shared, “I still have a lot of work I want to do to help my family, and I hope after this surgery I can see everything well and do my activities by myself.”

Sour is a 73-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has four daughters, four sons, and sixteen grandchildren. Since his wife passed away thr...

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Sour's Timeline

  • August 6, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sour was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • August 06, 2020
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Sour was scheduled to receive 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.

  • August 07, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sour's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Sour is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Sour's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

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Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Sour'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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