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Success! Dat from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery to improve her vision.

  • $229 raised, $0 to go
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Dat's treatment was fully funded on June 16, 2022.

Photo of Dat post-operation

June 22, 2022

Dat underwent cataract surgery to improve her vision.

Dat was increasingly dependent on others due to her poor vision. After a long day of travel, she had cataract surgery and was able to return home to her province several days later. She will rest at home and she hopes to be more productive after her eye has healed completely. She shared that she looks forward to walking her grandchild to and from school now that she can see better.

Dat said: “I am relieved I will see well again. I want to be able to walk to the pagoda by myself without being afraid I will fall. My daughter won’t have to take care of me, and I can visit the market and pagoda by myself. Thank you to the surgeon who fixed my eye and all the people who paid for my surgery.”

Dat was increasingly dependent on others due to her poor vision. After a long day of travel, she had cataract surgery and was able to return...

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March 2, 2022

Dat is a 65-year-old grandmother. Sadly, Dat’s husband passed away many years ago, and now she lives with her daughter, who is a farmer. When she is at home, she takes care of her granddaughter.

One year ago, Dat developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces. She is also worried about falling when walking, so she is not able to go places on her own.

When Dat learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for eight hours seeking treatment. On March 2nd, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Dat shared, “I hope my vision improves so I can get around easily on my own.”

Dat is a 65-year-old grandmother. Sadly, Dat's husband passed away many years ago, and now she lives with her daughter, who is a farmer. Whe...

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Dat's Timeline

  • March 2, 2022

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

  • March 2, 2022

    Dat 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.

  • March 2, 2022

    Dat's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 16, 2022

    Dat's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 22, 2022

    Dat'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 $229 for Dat'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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Ferdinand is a father of two from the Philippines. He has one son and one daughter. Both he and his wife both work as public school teachers. Their income is still insufficient for their needs, however and, in addition to supporting their children, part of their salary goes to their medication for diabetes and hypertension. In September, Ferdinand began to experience several troubling symptoms, including severe abdominal pain. He was rushed to an emergency room to be treated. The ultrasound test showed that he has gallstones. Ferdinand has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy which is the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, his symptoms will continue to worsen and will put him at risk of further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP), Ferdinand is scheduled to undergo a cholecystectomy on December 3rd. A portion of the cost of the procedure is being supported by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and WSFP is raising the remaining $826 to cover the cost of Ferdinand's surgery and care. "Because of my condition, I'm in constant pain which hinders me from doing my usual activities. I've tried to reach out for help to our local government but was unsuccessful," Ferdinand shared. "I am glad there are foundations like Watsi and World Surgical Foundation Philippines that exist. I'm forever grateful for the help that you've given me," he added.

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