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Success! Theary from Cambodia raised $150 for surgery to restore his vision.

  • $150 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Theary's treatment was fully funded on February 19, 2016.

Photo of Theary post-operation

March 4, 2016

Theary received successful surgery to heal his traumatic cataract.

Successful eye surgery has given Theary his sight back. Doctors at Children’s Surgical Centre repaired the traumatic cataract and he has been discharged from the hospital to recover at home. With his vision restored, he hopes to be able to go back to school and play with friends again.

Theary and his family are excited about the outcome of the surgery. “I am very thankful to the doctors and all the staff at CSC that helped my son have surgery,” shares his mother.

Successful eye surgery has given Theary his sight back. Doctors at Children's Surgical Centre repaired the traumatic cataract and he has bee...

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February 1, 2016

“One month ago a bird bit Theary’s left eye and caused a traumatic cataract,” our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), shares. Theary, a four-year-old boy from Cambodia, has been unable to attend school since the incident. He also experiences pain and irritation in his eye.

For $150, Theary will receive surgery to replace his cloudy left eye lens with a clear lens implant. His vision will be completely restored after the procedure.

As a young, active boy, Theary enjoys playing with his toy cars and with his older sister. His mother is hopeful that after the surgery she will no longer have to worry about his eye having other issues.

“I hope my son can see everything clearly again, so he can go back to school and play with his sister and friends like before,” Theary’s mother shares.

"One month ago a bird bit Theary's left eye and caused a traumatic cataract," our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), shares....

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Theary's Timeline

  • February 1, 2016

    Theary was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • February 1, 2016

    Theary 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.

  • February 18, 2016

    Theary's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 19, 2016

    Theary's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 4, 2016

    Theary's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Cataract - One Eye
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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.