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Sath is a retired soldier from Cambodia who needs $229 to fund cataract surgery.

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July 12, 2021

Sath is an 81-year-old retired soldier from Cambodia. He has three sons, three daughters, and many grandchildren. Sadly, his wife passed away more than 20 years ago. He lives with his eldest daughter, who is a primary school teacher. He likes to listen to the news on TV, visit the pagoda, grow vegetables and teach his grandchildren.

One year ago, Sath developed a cataract in his right eye causing him blurry vision and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Sath learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On July 12th, doctors will perform a small incision 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.

Sath shared, “when my sight gets better, I will start traveling again by myself, so I can see many more pagodas.”

Sath is an 81-year-old retired soldier from Cambodia. He has three sons, three daughters, and many grandchildren. Sadly, his wife passed awa...

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Sath's Timeline

  • July 12, 2021

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

  • July 12, 2021

    Sath 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 14, 2021

    Sath's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 9, 2021

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


    Sath is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Sath'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.