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Success! Saro from Cambodia raised $398 to fund cataract surgery.

Saro
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  • $398 raised, $0 to go
$398
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Saro's treatment was fully funded on February 4, 2019.

Photo of Saro post-operation

December 5, 2018

Saro underwent cataract surgery.

Saro has returned home after a successful operation. As per her doctor’s instructions, she had one eye done, and will need to return in a few weeks to have surgery on the other eye. Surgery will allow her to work and go about her daily life with improved vision. Her doctor looks forward to seeing her again in a couple weeks.

She says, “I am happy that I can see everything clearly and I look forward to going to the temple and for walks on my own.”

Saro has returned home after a successful operation. As per her doctor's instructions, she had one eye done, and will need to return in a fe...

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December 3, 2018

Saro is a farmer from Cambodia. She has one daughter and four sons. She likes to watch Khmer dramas on TV.

A year ago, Saro developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision, itchiness, irritation, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Saro learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On December 4, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure.

She says, “I hope I can recognize the faces of my family after the operation and see clearly.”

Saro is a farmer from Cambodia. She has one daughter and four sons. She likes to watch Khmer dramas on TV. A year ago, Saro developed a c...

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Saro's Timeline

  • December 3, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Saro was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • December 4, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Saro 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 4, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Saro's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 5, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Saro's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 4, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Saro's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $398 for Saro's treatment
Hospital Fees
$88
Medical Staff
$230
Medication
$0
Supplies
$80
  • 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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47% funded

47%funded
$549raised
$602to go

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