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Heab is a 52-year-old woman from Cambodia who needs $253 to fund cataract surgery.

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May 5, 2022

Heab is a 52-year-old rice farmer who lives with her husband. Heab and her two daughters and sons-in-law farm the same land, while Heab’s husband, who is disabled, is unable to work. After a long day outside, Heab likes to listen to the news and to the monks praying on the radio.

One year ago, Heab developed a cataract in her left eye, resulting in poor vision and light sensitivity. When Heab learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours to seek treatment. On May 5th, doctors will perform cataract surgery, and an intraocular lens will be implanted in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly, and to go places on her own again. Children’s Surgical Centre is requesting $253 to help fund this procedure.

Heab says: “I hope after surgery I can see clearly again. I can go back to help my daughters plant rice and take care of my husband as well.”

Heab is a 52-year-old rice farmer who lives with her husband. Heab and her two daughters and sons-in-law farm the same land, while Heab's hu...

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Heab's Timeline

  • May 5, 2022

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

  • May 5, 2022

    Heab was scheduled to receive 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 5, 2022

    Heab's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Heab is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD

    Awaiting Heab's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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