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Ken Hu

Ken's Story

Ken joined Watsi on November 26th, 2015. 8 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Ken's most recent donation supported Ra, a rice farmer from Cambodia, for surgery to restore his vision.

Impact

Ken has funded healthcare for 14 patients in 3 countries.

All patients funded by Ken

Sok Ly

Sok Ly is a 68-year-old wife and grandmother who lives in Cambodia. She enjoys visiting the pagoda to listen to the praying monks, and watching Khmer dramas and social news channels on television. "Two months ago Sok Ly developed a cataract in each eye," explains our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). "This causes her blurred vision, pain, and tearing." A cataract is a thickened, cloudy lens. Over time, the altered lens loses its ability to focus light properly, resulting in blurry or dull vision and difficulty seeing far away objects. Cataracts account for 50 percent of all cases of blindness worldwide, and formation typically occurs in both eyes, as Sok Ly is experiencing. "It is hard to see everything and everyone's faces clearly, and do my work and walk outside" says Sok Ly. $225 will cover the cost of surgery to remove the cloudy lenses from both of Sok Ly’s eyes and replace them with artificial lenses. Funding for Sok Ly’s treatment also includes post-operative follow-up care. After surgery, "Sok Ly will be able to see everything much better," CSC tells us. Sok Ly shares: "I hope my eyes can see everything clearly again so I'm not worried about my eye losing any more vision. After treatment I hope I can sell groceries at the market to earn money to support my family. I hope I will be able to easily go anywhere outside by myself." Her husband adds, "I hope I don't have to worry about her eyes having problems in the future."

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Ly

Meet Ly, a 73-year-old grandfather from Cambodia. “Ly is married with two sons, one daughter, and seven grandchildren,” says our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). “He spends his time reading books and newspapers, and planting crops around his home.” “Six months ago, Ly developed a cataract in his right eye,” shares CSC. “This causes him blurred vision, and a sensation of something in his eye.” A cataract occurs as proteins begin to develop on the lens of the eye. Cataracts often get progressively worse over time, as more proteins develop on the lens, causing it to become more clouded and impairing vision further. Ly explains, "It is hard for me to see everything clearly and recognize the faces of people around me. It is hard to go anywhere outside.” To ensure that Ly does not lose his vision, he needs to have the lens of his eye surgically replaced. In a short operation, doctors can restore Ly’s sight by replacing the clouded lens with a new, clear, artificial lens. After only one to two days of recovery time following the procedure, he will be able to see clearly again. $150 will fund the cost of the surgery, the hospital stay, and the necessary medicines to ensure that Ly’s eye heals quickly and without infection. Ly and his family look forward to his treatment and getting his vision back. “I hope my father in law can see everything clearly after treatment like normal again and be able to do work on his own,” his son-in-law shares. “I hope he can go places without needing help and that I won’t have to worry about him going blind any more.”

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