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

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

Photo of Soy post-operation

August 8, 2021

Soy underwent cataract surgery.

Soy traveled to Children’s Surgical Centre to have his cataract removed. The surgery was successful, and Soy can see well again. He looks forward to being able to go places independently and see his grandchildren’s faces. His life will be better because he will be able to return to work to support his growing family.

Soy’s wife said: “I am relieved that my husband will be able to return to work. He will be more independent and happy with his life. I won’t worry anymore about him traveling by himself, because he can see much better.”

Soy traveled to Children's Surgical Centre to have his cataract removed. The surgery was successful, and Soy can see well again. He looks fo...

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July 8, 2021

Soy is a 54-year-old construction worker. He and his wife have six children together, and he works alongside one of his sons. Recently, he has not been able to work, so he stays at home and takes care of his grandchildren. He enjoys listening to the news on the radio and telling stories to his grandchildren.

Three years ago, Soy developed a cataract in his left eye causing him blurry vision and sensitivity to light. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Soy learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled there with his wife seeking treatment. On July 8th, 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.

Soy shared, “my wife has to work a lot to support our family, so I hope I can also return to work after this surgery. I hope I can take care of my family well.”

Soy is a 54-year-old construction worker. He and his wife have six children together, and he works alongside one of his sons. Recently, he h...

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Soy's Timeline

  • July 8, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 8, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Soy 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.

  • July 12, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Soy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 8, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Soy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 13, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Soy's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.