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Success! Song from Cambodia raised $253 to fund cataract surgery.

Song
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  • $253 raised, $0 to go
$253
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$0
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Fully funded
Song's treatment was fully funded on July 11, 2022.

Photo of Song post-operation

July 21, 2022

Song underwent cataract surgery.

Song was unhappy she could not see well enough to cook or walk her grandchildren back and forth from school. Her son told her about the eye program at Children’s Surgical Centre, where she traveled for a diagnosis and treatment. After her surgery, Song rested for a few days at home and applied eye drops to decrease any risk of infection. When her eyesight fully stabilizes, she will be able to return to her daily activities and care for her grandchildren, which is a highlight of her life.

Song said: “I am so grateful to all who paid for me to have surgery to improve my eyesight. I can be more useful to my daughter’s family and visit with neighbors without fear that I will fall. Thank you to the hospital staff for helping me.”

Song was unhappy she could not see well enough to cook or walk her grandchildren back and forth from school. Her son told her about the eye ...

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May 10, 2022

Song is a 63-year-old retired rice farmer with one daughter, two sons, and seven grandchildren. Song lives with her husband and their youngest daughter who is a garment worker. Song likes to watch the news and Khmer dramas on TV.

Two years ago, Song developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her photophobia and blurry vision. Song has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so is not able to go places on her own.

When Song learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 10th, doctors 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 $253 to fund Song’s surgery.

Song said, “I hope after surgery my vision improves so I can travel, see things clearly, and visit the pagoda.”

Song is a 63-year-old retired rice farmer with one daughter, two sons, and seven grandchildren. Song lives with her husband and their younge...

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Song's Timeline

  • May 10, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 10, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Song 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.

  • May 12, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Song's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 11, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Song's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 21, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Song's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $253 for Song's treatment
Hospital Fees
$36
Medical Staff
$174
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
  • 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.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.