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Success! Mom from Cambodia raised $253 to fund cataract surgery so she can see clearly and travel on her own.

  • $253 raised, $0 to go
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Mom's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2022.

Photo of Mom post-operation

January 9, 2023

Mom underwent cataract surgery so she can see clearly and travel on her own.

Grateful for the recommendation from a neighbor to visit Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), Mom underwent cataract surgery and is recovering well. She rested for several days and applied eye drops to continue her healing. Mom shared that her vision has improved already! Before undergoing surgery, it was difficult for Mom to help with the family’s fishing boats. However, now that her eyesight has improved, she looks forward to being able to help support her family and live with greater independence.

Mom’s daughter said, “We are very happy my mother can see well again. She can help me with housework and cooking and do things for herself she could not do before. She feels more useful to my family, and she is happier. Thank you for donating for her care so she can have a good life.”

Grateful for the recommendation from a neighbor to visit Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), Mom underwent cataract surgery and is recovering ...

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July 18, 2022

Mom is a 70-years-old loving grandmother from Cambodia. She has one son, six daughters, and 20 beautiful grandchildren. Her husband unfortunately passed away, so she now lives with her eldest daughter, who is a tailor. Mom enjoys going to the mosque.

Two years ago, Mom developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her to experience light sensitivity, eye tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking. Because of this, she is not able to go places on her own.

When Mom learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On July 18th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $253 procedure.

Mom says, “I hope I can see things clearly again so I can travel easily on my own.”

Mom is a 70-years-old loving grandmother from Cambodia. She has one son, six daughters, and 20 beautiful grandchildren. Her husband unfortun...

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Mom's Timeline

  • July 18, 2022

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

  • July 18, 2022

    Mom 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.

  • July 18, 2022

    Mom's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 29, 2022

    Mom's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 9, 2023

    Mom'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 Mom's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • 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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