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

Sean
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sean's treatment was fully funded on March 13, 2021.

Photo of Sean post-operation

March 16, 2021

Sean underwent sight-restoring eye surgery.

Sean is feeling so happy with the results from his small incision cataract surgery. He will use eye drops to aid in healing and decrease the risk of infection, and take it easy for a few days after his procedure. Sean is excited to be able to see in the bright daylight again as well as have improved night vision. He wants to thank all donors who made this surgery possible for him.

Sean shared, “I’m happy I can see clearly and do everything by myself again.”

Sean is feeling so happy with the results from his small incision cataract surgery. He will use eye drops to aid in healing and decrease the...

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February 16, 2021

Sean is a 69-year-old rice farmer who lives with his wife; they have one daughter and one grandchild. Due to his age, he no longer farms in the rice field, he stays at home and looks after his grandchild. He also likes to listen to monks preaching on the radio.

Three years ago, Sean developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him photophobia, blurry vision, and poor night vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Sean learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for four and a half hours with his daughter seeking treatment. On February 17th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and 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.

“I’m hoping I will be able to see well. I want to be able to drive my motorbike and look after my wife and my grandchild,” Sean said.

Sean is a 69-year-old rice farmer who lives with his wife; they have one daughter and one grandchild. Due to his age, he no longer farms in...

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Sean's Timeline

  • February 16, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sean was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • February 17, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sean 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 18, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sean's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 13, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sean's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 16, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sean'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 Sean'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.