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Success! Yart from Cambodia raised $425 to fund eye surgery.

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Yart's treatment was fully funded on October 7, 2020.

Photo of Yart post-operation

July 9, 2020

Yart underwent eye surgery.

Yart’s cataract surgery was successful. She has been discharged with eye drops and a one-week followup appointment has been scheduled to check her visual acuity. She no longer experiences any pain or photophobia. Once she recovers she will have much improved vision and will enjoy increased independence in her daily activities.

Yart shared, “Thanks to my doctors, I will be able to work again in my garden and cook for my family easily. I can take care of my grandchildren too.”

Yart's cataract surgery was successful. She has been discharged with eye drops and a one-week followup appointment has been scheduled to che...

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June 3, 2020

Yart is 65-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She lives with her husband, five daughters, and seven grandchildren. When she is not working, she likes to play with her grandchildren, cook desserts for her family, and listen to the prayers on the radio.

Two years ago, Yart developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurred vision, tearing, and photophobia. Her condition has worsened considerably over the last five months, and now she has lost her ability to get around independently.. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Yart learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours and half by Taxi. seeking treatment. On June 3rd, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $425 procedure.

Yart said, “When I can see everything and everyone better, I want to go back to planting crops around my house and helping my family. My family likes my eggplant and mint, and I can take good care of my grandchildren.”

Yart is 65-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She lives with her husband, five daughters, and seven grandchildren. When she is not working,...

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Yart's Timeline

  • June 3, 2020

    Yart was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • June 3, 2020

    Yart received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • June 4, 2020

    Yart's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 9, 2020

    Yart's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • October 7, 2020

    Yart's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $425 for Yart'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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Neema is a 5-year-old girl and the firstborn to her mother who has three children. Neema started kindergarten earlier this year. She is a hard-working girl for her age, and looks after her siblings when her mother goes out to work on the farm. She also likes to help her mother clean their home and wash dishes. Neema was involved in a fire accident when she was one year old. She had been left in the care of an older child when her parents went out to work on the farm. As the children were playing, Neema walked into a dying fire that had been started to burn cow dung from the cattle shed. She was rescued by a passer-by and was rushed to the hospital, where she was admitted for two months. Neema's wounds healed, but contractures formed on a finger on her right-hand and the toes on her right foot. Her feet and toes are especially painful when she wears shoes and walks for a long distance. Neema's parents are not able to afford the cost of her procedure that will help to treat her contractures. They depend solely on livestock keeping and small scale farming for a living. Neema's parents had not been able to seek treatment for their daughter earlier due to the remoteness of their village, lack of proper medical facilities, and financial challenges. They appeal for help and support for their daughter's surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Neema receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo surgery to free up her thumb for better movement and amputate her littlest finger at our medical partner's care center. This procedure will cost $1,088, and she and her family need help raising money. Neema's father shared, “The fire accident has left my daughter with a disability. We hope for her to get treated but we cannot afford the cost. Please help us.”

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