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Success! Chamroeun from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring cataract surgery.

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Chamroeun's treatment was fully funded on August 29, 2021.

Photo of Chamroeun post-operation

August 26, 2021

Chamroeun underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Chamroeun had a successful surgery to remove his cataract. He has returned to his home province, where he will rest and recover until he returns for a check-up at CSC. Chamroeun’s eyesight will continue to improve as he heals, and soon, he will be able to return to farming outside to support his family.

Chamroeun shares, “Thank you so much for helping my vision. I thought I would be blind in my eye forever, but you have given me hope to see my grandchildren grow. I can go outside, be more independent, and do more to feed my family.”

Chamroeun had a successful surgery to remove his cataract. He has returned to his home province, where he will rest and recover until he ret...

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July 22, 2021

Chamroeun is a 55-year-old rice farmer with one daughter, five sons, and two grandchildren. He currently lives with his wife, a vegetable seller at the market. In his free time, Chamroeun enjoys listening to the news on the radio.

Three years ago, Chamroeun developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Chamroeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On July 22nd, doctors will perform a cataract surgery and lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, Chamroeun will be able to see clearly. Now, CSC is requesting $229 to fund this procedure.

Chamroeun shares, “I hope I can plant rice like before and help my wife sell vegetables at the market.”

Chamroeun is a 55-year-old rice farmer with one daughter, five sons, and two grandchildren. He currently lives with his wife, a vegetable se...

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Chamroeun's Timeline

  • July 22, 2021

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

  • July 22, 2021

    Chamroeun 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 23, 2021

    Chamroeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 26, 2021

    Chamroeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 29, 2021

    Chamroeun's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Chamroeun'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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Shallon is a farmer from Uganda. She completed primary school class six and then had to leave school. Together with her husband, they have 6 children, including a set of twins. They live in a two-roomed mud-built house. Their firstborn child is 14 years old while the last borns are in junior class and aged 5 years. Shallon and her husband work hard to meet all the daily needs of their family. During her free time, she enjoys tending to her family and spending time with her children. Shallon is currently expecting twins. Her doctors recommend that she deliver via a Caesarean section because she has a twin pregnancy, and one of the twins is lying transversely, or sideways. Shallon received a full antenatal package at a local health centre and when she drew closer to the expected day of delivery, she came to Rushoroza Hospital. She was reviewed and surgery was recommended. An attempt to deliver normally could rupture Shallon's uterus. She is not able to meet the cost of surgery and is appealing for help. By delivering her babies via C-section, doctors can ensure the safety of both mother and children. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Shallon undergo a C-Section on August 18th. This procedure will cost $207, and Shallon requests your support. Shallon says, “I pray for a successful surgery. I will resume farming alongside my husband as soon as I get well to be able to continue supporting and taking good care of my family.”

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