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Success! Reth from Cambodia raised $253 to fund sight-restoring cataract surgery.

  • $253 raised, $0 to go
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Reth's treatment was fully funded on November 29, 2022.

Photo of Reth post-operation

December 5, 2022

Reth underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

On the advice of a relative, Reth traveled with her family to seek help for her blurry vision. The following day after her cataract surgery, she was amazed at how well she could see colors and faces. She rested at home for a few days following doctors advice. Reth’s life will be vastly improved as she will be able to help around the house and support her family by cooking and caring for the grandchildren. She looks forward to being more independent and visiting the local pagoda by herself.

Reth’s daughter said: “we are grateful my mother’s eyesight is better. She can visit places by herself, do more around the house and help with her grandchildren. It makes her happy to keep herself busy. Thank you!”

On the advice of a relative, Reth traveled with her family to seek help for her blurry vision. The following day after her cataract surgery,...

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June 8, 2022

Reth is a 61-year-old retired rice farmer with three sons, three daughters, and 10 grandchildren. All of her children are also farmers, which is the most common livelihood in their community.

A year ago, Reth developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her partial blindness. Because of her impaired vision, Reth is reluctant to go out on her own.

Fortunately, our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is helping Reth to access the care that she needs. On June 8th, doctors at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre will perform small incision cataract surgery on Reth, and implant an intraocular lens in her left eye. After she has recovered, Reth should once again be able to see clearly, and to feel confident again to move around by herself. Children’s Surgical Centre is seeking $253 to fund her procedure and care.

Reth says: “I hope my eye can see clearly again so I can recognize things well and take better care of myself.”

Reth is a 61-year-old retired rice farmer with three sons, three daughters, and 10 grandchildren. All of her children are also farmers, whi...

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Reth's Timeline

  • June 8, 2022

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

  • June 8, 2022

    Reth 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.

  • June 13, 2022

    Reth's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 29, 2022

    Reth's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 5, 2022

    Reth's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $253 for Reth'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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Chit Htun

Chit Htun is a 21-year-old man from Burma who lives with his mother, two sisters and a brother. His mother is a homemaker, while Chit Htun and his siblings are students. They are supported financially by two aunties and Chit Htun's former teacher. Chit Htun was born with spina bifida as well as hydrocephalus. When Chit Htun was just over a month old, he had a shunt inserted in his brain to control hydrocephalus. In October 202, Chit Htun fell down the stairs in his home and hit his head during the fall. Since that time, he has been experiencing headaches and dizziness with occasional loss of consciousness. Chit Htun's mother brought him to a hospital in Yangon, where he received a CT scans showing that the original shunt was in place. A second shunt was inserted to help with the loss of consciousness, but the headaches and dizziness continued to be a problem. In October 2022, Chit Htun had a seizure, accompanied by nausea and vomiting. Chit Htun's mother brought him to Mae Sot Hospital, where he received a CT scan on November 28th, 2022 with the help of Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). The doctor diagnosed Chit Htun with severe chronic hydrocephalus and suspected shunt malfunction. BCMF is now fundraising $1,500 to help cover the cost of surgery to replace Chit Htun's current shunt. Chit Htun's mother shared, "My son and I have been in Mae Sot for the past two months and we are homesick already. I hope that he will receive surgery soon and recover from his symptoms."

35% funded

$972to go

Ferdinand is a father of two from the Philippines. He has one son and one daughter. Both he and his wife both work as public school teachers. Their income is still insufficient for their needs, however and, in addition to supporting their children, part of their salary goes to their medication for diabetes and hypertension. In September, Ferdinand began to experience several troubling symptoms, including severe abdominal pain. He was rushed to an emergency room to be treated. The ultrasound test showed that he has gallstones. Ferdinand has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy which is the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, his symptoms will continue to worsen and will put him at risk of further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP), Ferdinand is scheduled to undergo a cholecystectomy on December 3rd. A portion of the cost of the procedure is being supported by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and WSFP is raising the remaining $826 to cover the cost of Ferdinand's surgery and care. "Because of my condition, I'm in constant pain which hinders me from doing my usual activities. I've tried to reach out for help to our local government but was unsuccessful," Ferdinand shared. "I am glad there are foundations like Watsi and World Surgical Foundation Philippines that exist. I'm forever grateful for the help that you've given me," he added.

55% funded

$367to go

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