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Success! Sorn from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Sorn
100%
  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sorn's treatment was fully funded on February 19, 2022.

Photo of Sorn post-operation

March 11, 2022

Sorn underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Sorn and her family traveled to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), for her sight-saving surgery. Her procedure went well, and she will rest for a few days before being discharged home with eyedrops to continue her healing. Sorn shared that she is amazed at how quickly her sight has improved in just a few days. She can see colors better and feels more confident walking outside when it is bright. Sorn also looks forward to returning to the fields to help her husband with the rice crops.

Sorn said, “I am grateful my eye will be better. I can go outside, recognize the faces of my family, and be more independent.”

Sorn and her family traveled to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for her sight-saving surgery. Her procedure went well...

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December 1, 2021

Sorn is a 54-year-old rice farmer with one son, two daughters, and three grandchildren. Sorn’s husband also works as a farmer, and they live with their youngest daughter. When she is not working in the fields, Sorn enjoys listening to the news on the radio and visiting her local pagoda.

Three years ago, Sorn developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, and tearing. As a result, she has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going outside.

When Sorn learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On December 1st, surgeons will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $229 to find this procedure.

Sorn shared, “I hope after surgery my eye can see better. I can go to the rice fields to help my family more and do housework again.”

Sorn is a 54-year-old rice farmer with one son, two daughters, and three grandchildren. Sorn's husband also works as a farmer, and they live...

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Sorn's Timeline

  • December 1, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 1, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sorn 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 3, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 19, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sorn's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 11, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sorn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

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