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Success! Sophal from Cambodia raised $229 to fund a cataract surgery.

Sophal
100%
  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sophal's treatment was fully funded on December 30, 2020.

Photo of Sophal post-operation

January 15, 2021

Sophal underwent a cataract surgery.

Sophal’s surgery was very successful! Sophal can see clearly again and was provided with prescription eye drops to make sure his eye heals properly.

His family is very pleased with Sophal’s surgical outcome and that he is able to see everything much more clearly than before. Sophal is happy that he is able to do things without difficulty and he doesn’t have to worry about his vision loss anymore. He looks forward to going back to work to support his family. He said, “I can see well, can drive my motor to earn money for my family.”

Sophal's surgery was very successful! Sophal can see clearly again and was provided with prescription eye drops to make sure his eye heals p...

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December 16, 2020

Sophal is a father of nine from Cambodia. He works as a motor taxi driver to earn income for their family. Sophal has four sons, five daughters, and now seven grandchildren. He lives with his wife and their daughter, who is currently unemployed due to the closure of her work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sophal enjoys listening to the news on the radio every day.

One year ago, Sophal developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Sophal learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled by motorbike with his daughter seeking treatment. On December 17th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Sophal shared, “I want to see well so I can drive my motorbike and earn money for my family who needs my support right now.”

Sophal is a father of nine from Cambodia. He works as a motor taxi driver to earn income for their family. Sophal has four sons, five daught...

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Sophal's Timeline

  • December 16, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 17, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sophal 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.

  • December 18, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sophal's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 30, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sophal's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 15, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sophal's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

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