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

Savuth
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Savuth's treatment was fully funded on January 12, 2021.

Photo of Savuth post-operation

October 14, 2020

Savuth underwent sight-restoring cataract eye surgery.

Savuth’s cataract surgery went well and he has now returned home with his family. He is eager to be able to see clearly again and go about his life with greater ease.

Savuth shared with us, “I am grateful my eye surgery was successful. I am excited to read by books now and be able to spend time with my family.”

Savuth's cataract surgery went well and he has now returned home with his family. He is eager to be able to see clearly again and go about h...

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July 13, 2020

Savuth is a 60-year-old soldier from Cambodia. He has one son, two daughters and seven grandchildren. He lives with his wife and his unmarried children. He enjoys repairing computers in his free time, or playing games on his phone.

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

When Savuth learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for one-and-a-half hour by taxi seeking treatment. On July 13th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Savuth shared, “I hope after surgery I can read my books and letters again, and see everyone’s faces clearly so I can do my job well and take care of my family.”

Savuth is a 60-year-old soldier from Cambodia. He has one son, two daughters and seven grandchildren. He lives with his wife and his unmarri...

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Savuth's Timeline

  • July 13, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 13, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Savuth 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.

  • July 15, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Savuth's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 14, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Savuth's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 12, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Savuth's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.