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Success! Samit from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract eye surgery.

Samit
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Samit's treatment was fully funded on March 23, 2020.

Photo of Samit post-operation

March 11, 2020

Samit underwent cataract eye surgery.

Samit’s surgery was smooth and successful. Overall, Samit’s visual acuity has improved so she can see clearly again, and she and her family have now returned to their village. Samit was provided with prescription eye drops to make sure her eye heals properly, which she is recommended to apply 8 times per day. Her son is very happy with his mother’s surgery and that she is able to see everything much more clearly than before. He is happy that she is able to do things without difficulty and he doesn’t have to worry about her vision loss anymore.

Samit shared, “I feel very happy that I am able to see everything now after my eye surgery. I can help my family at the rice field, do housework, take care of my grandchildren, and go outside on my own unlike before.”

Samit's surgery was smooth and successful. Overall, Samit’s visual acuity has improved so she can see clearly again, and she and her family ...

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February 3, 2020

Samit is a 65-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one son, one daughter, and six grandchildren. Her favorite things to do in her free time are listening to the radio and taking care of her grandchildren.

One year ago, Samit developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her tearing, blurry vision, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Samit learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for eight hours seeking treatment. On February 3rd, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and 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.

Samit shared, “I hope that I will be able to see clearly and can help to look after my grandchildren.”

Samit is a 65-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one son, one daughter, and six grandchildren. Her favorite things to do in her fre...

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Samit's Timeline

  • February 3, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Samit was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • February 03, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Samit received 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.

  • February 03, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Samit's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 11, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Samit's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • March 23, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Samit's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

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