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Success! Samnang from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery so that he can see clearly and keep farming.

  • $229 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Samnang's treatment was fully funded on November 29, 2021.
October 12, 2021

Samnang is a 52-year-old potato and watermelon farmer. He has one son, three daughters, and three grandchildren. Samnang lives with his wife who also works as a farmer. In his free time, Samnang enjoys watching the news and boxing on TV.

Two years ago, Samnang developed a cataract in his right eye causing him blurry vision and sensitivity to light. Now he has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Samnang learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled far for eight hours seeking treatment. On October 12th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Samnang shared, “I hope after surgery my eye can see clearly. I want to return to helping my wife plant potatoes and watermelons in the field.”

Samnang is a 52-year-old potato and watermelon farmer. He has one son, three daughters, and three grandchildren. Samnang lives with his wife...

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Samnang's Timeline

  • October 12, 2021

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

  • October 12, 2021

    Samnang 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.

  • October 13, 2021

    Samnang's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 29, 2021

    Samnang's treatment was fully funded.


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

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Samnang'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.