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Success! Saly from Cambodia raised $229 to fund a sight-restoring eye surgery.

Saly
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Saly's treatment was fully funded on July 11, 2021.

Photo of Saly post-operation

July 13, 2021

Saly underwent a sight-restoring eye surgery.

After the successful cataract surgery, Saly will return to her village and resume her farming to support her family. She enjoys caring for her grandchildren and looks forward to finally seeing their faces clearly again. Saly believes that life will be better because she can again go places by herself and help around the house.

Her son shares his mother’s recovery progress, “I am so happy my mom can see well again; I don’t worry about her going out by herself. She is much happier because she can visit her friends and help in the rice field.”

After the successful cataract surgery, Saly will return to her village and resume her farming to support her family. She enjoys caring for h...

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June 1, 2021

Saly is a 53-year-old rice farmer with one daughter, four sons, and five grandchildren. Saly lives with her eldest son since her husband passed away 10 years ago. Her son is also a farmer. In her free time, Saly enjoys listening to traditional music on the radio.

Five years ago, Saly developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Saly learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On June 1st, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Saly shared, “I want to be able to plant crops and rice again and take care of my grandchildren better with clear vision.”

Saly is a 53-year-old rice farmer with one daughter, four sons, and five grandchildren. Saly lives with her eldest son since her husband pas...

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Saly's Timeline

  • June 1, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 1, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Saly 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 2, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Saly's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 11, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Saly's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 13, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Saly'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 Saly'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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