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Success! Savat from Cambodia raised $253 to fund cataract surgery so he can see clearly.

Savat
100%
  • $253 raised, $0 to go
$253
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Savat's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2022.

Photo of Savat post-operation

January 16, 2023

Savat underwent cataract surgery so he can see clearly.

For several years, Savat was unable to independently go outside because his vision had slowly deteriorated. He could no longer work because he could not see well enough to count money. After surgery at Children’s Surgical Centre, he and his wife returned to their village, and his sight quickly improved after just a few days of rest. The cataract surgery has allowed him to contribute to his family again, be more independent and drastically improved his life.

Savat said: “I am so relieved I can recognize the faces of my family and everyone I see. I felt useless because it was hard for me to go outside, and I had to stay in my house all the time. Thank you to those who paid for my surgery so that I can have a better life and better support my children.”

For several years, Savat was unable to independently go outside because his vision had slowly deteriorated. He could no longer work because ...

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August 3, 2022

Savat is a 68-year-old retired food seller. He has two children, who both work at a garment factory in town, and three grandchildren. Some of Savat’s favorite activities include listening to the news on the radio and visiting the local pagoda with his wife.

Five months ago, Savat developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him to experience blurry vision and to see eye floaters. This makes it difficult for him to read. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so he is not able to go places on his own.

When Savat learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On August 3rd, doctors will perform cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $253 procedure.

Savant says, “I hope after surgery I can go outside, recognize faces, and help my wife sell food at the village market.”

Savat is a 68-year-old retired food seller. He has two children, who both work at a garment factory in town, and three grandchildren. Some o...

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Savat's Timeline

  • August 3, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 3, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Savat 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.

  • August 3, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Savat's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 29, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Savat's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 16, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Savat's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $253 for Savat'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.