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Success! Samnang from Cambodia raised $253 to fund cataract surgery in his left eye.

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Samnang's treatment was fully funded on February 28, 2023.

Photo of Samnang post-operation

March 21, 2023

Samnang underwent cataract surgery in his left eye.

Samnang has been the primary breadwinner of his family and needs to work to support his children to stay in school. He must see well in traffic and interpret directions on his phone to earn a living. With poor eyesight, this has been very difficult for him. After a relative told him about CSC, he had a simple procedure to change his life. Samnang returned home the next day with antibiotic eye drops that he instilled eight times a day. A week post-operatively, he is able to distinguish colors and recognize faces from his affected eye. Improved vision will allow him to work again, and support his family.

Samnang said: “I am so grateful to the strangers who paid for me to have surgery to improve my eyesight. I can be more useful to my family and drive my motorbike and tuk-tuk. Thank you to the hospital staff and donors for helping me and my family have a better life.”

Samnang has been the primary breadwinner of his family and needs to work to support his children to stay in school. He must see well in traf...

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October 18, 2022

Samnang is a 41-year-old taxi driver. He is married with one son and two daughters. His wife is a homemaker and his children are students in a local public school. When he is home, he likes to play volleyball and watch boxing on TV.

Two years ago, Samnang developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him deteriorating vision and photophobia. In his profession, he is required to read a small screen on his phone for directions, and he no longer sees the screen well. This has jeopardized his ability to make a living.

On October 18th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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.

Samnang says, “I hope after surgery I can see better. I hope to recognize things well so I can drive my taxi to earn money to support my family’s living.”

Samnang is a 41-year-old taxi driver. He is married with one son and two daughters. His wife is a homemaker and his children are students in...

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Samnang's Timeline

  • October 18, 2022

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

  • October 18, 2022

    Samnang 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.

  • October 20, 2022

    Samnang's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 28, 2023

    Samnang's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 21, 2023

    Samnang's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $253 for Samnang's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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