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Success! Lim from Cambodia raised $398 to fund cataract surgery.

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Lim's treatment was fully funded on March 29, 2019.

Photo of Lim post-operation

January 28, 2019

Lim underwent cataract surgery.

Lim has returned home after a successful operation. As per her doctor’s instructions, she had one eye done, and will need to return in a few weeks to have surgery on the other eye. Surgery will allow her to work and go about her daily life with improved vision. Her doctor looks forward to seeing her again in a couple weeks.

She says, “I feel very happy that I can see everything clearly again so I can go about my work or go anywhere I want outside by myself.”

Lim has returned home after a successful operation. As per her doctor's instructions, she had one eye done, and will need to return in a few...

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January 21, 2019

Lim is a rice farmer with ten grandchildren from Cambodia. She has five children and enjoys listening to the monks pray.

Three years ago, Lim developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurred vision, burning, irritation, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Lim learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On January 22, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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 $398 procedure.

“I hope my mother-in-law’s surgery is successful so she can see everything clearly and so she can easily work and walk outside. I hope to not worry about her vision loss anymore,” says Lim’s son-in-law.

Lim is a rice farmer with ten grandchildren from Cambodia. She has five children and enjoys listening to the monks pray. Three years ago,...

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Lim's Timeline

  • January 21, 2019

    Lim was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • January 22, 2019

    Lim 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.

  • January 22, 2019

    Lim's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 28, 2019

    Lim's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • March 29, 2019

    Lim's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $398 for Lim'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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Sable is a four-year-old girl from Burma. She lives with her parents, two sisters, and two brothers in Karen State, Burma. Two of her siblings attend school, while the oldest two siblings help manage the family’s farm. Sable’s parents are rice farmers and Sable is a nursery student. Over one year ago, while Sable and her friends were playing inside the house, her friend accidentally pushed her near the top of the ladder (which serves as the stairs separating two floors). She fell down the ladder, hitting her face and head against the ladder and concrete floor. According to her parents, she was unconscious for four minutes but when she woke up, she seemed fine. After the fall, her face was bruised, she lost one tooth, and there was significant swelling on the backside of her head. In addition to severe bruising and swelling, her left eye was protruding from the eye socket. The day after the accident, her parents brought her to the nearest hospital, which took about one hour by motorbike. At the hospital, the doctor suspected the bump on the back of her head was pus-filled and attempted to aspirate it with a syringe. During the procedure, the bleeding was uncontrollable, such that her parents had to apply pressure to help stop the bleeding. Her parents were upset because they thought the doctor would at least order a CT scan or additional tests. Afterwards, the doctor discharged Sable with some medication. After that, her parents tried relying on traditional medicine (like turmeric and oil) for two months, but there was no improvement. Finally, Sable's parents took her to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) and MTC referred her to Watsi partner's Mae Sot Hospital for a CT scan. Currently, she still has a bulging left eye and bump on the backside of her head. Doctors want Sable to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Sable's CT scan and care, scheduled for January 31st. Her parents shared, “We want to treat and take care of our children, but we can’t afford the medical costs.”

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