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

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Ry's treatment was fully funded on February 26, 2021.

Photo of Ry post-operation

February 28, 2021

Ry underwent sight-restoring cataract eye surgery.

Ry’s cataract surgery went smoothly and was successful. She was all smiles after her surgery and is relieved to have now regained sight in her right eye. Ry spent one night in the hospital and has now returned home to her province. Doctors have asked her to rest and apply antibiotic eye drops multiple times per day to prevent infection.

Ry’s daughter feels very happy that Ry can see everything and everyone clearly again, unlike before. She’s glad that Ry can return to her normal activities and she can go anywhere she wants to outside without having to worry about her!

Ry's cataract surgery went smoothly and was successful. She was all smiles after her surgery and is relieved to have now regained sight in h...

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December 4, 2020

Ry is a 62-year-old farmer from Cambodia and her husband is a monk. She has two sons and four grandchildren. She lives with her youngest son who works in construction. Ry enjoys listening to the monks preaching on the radio and at the pagoda.

Three months ago, Ry developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, blurry vision, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Ry learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for one hour with her granddaughter seeking treatment. On December 4th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Ry said, “I hope after surgery I can see well so I can take care of my family and plant crops like banana and Khmer mint. I want to be able to get around easily on my own.”

Ry is a 62-year-old farmer from Cambodia and her husband is a monk. She has two sons and four grandchildren. She lives with her youngest son...

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Ry's Timeline

  • December 4, 2020

    Ry was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • December 4, 2020

    Ry 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.

  • December 6, 2020

    Ry's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 26, 2021

    Ry's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 28, 2021

    Ry'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 $229 for Ry'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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Naw Mu is a five-year-old girl who lives with her family in a refugee camp in Northern Thailand. Naw Mu, her older brother and older sister are all primary school students. Her mother is a homemaker and her father works as a day laborer outside of the camp when he can. Her parents also look after a small shop in the camp. Her family's combined income is just enough to cover their family expenses and are grateful they can receive basic healthcare and education in the camp. On April 8th, Naw Mu was playing with her friends when she fell to the ground and injured her left arm. Her mother immediately took her to the hospital in the camp, run by Malteser International Thailand. When the medics examined her arm, they suspected that Naw Mu's forearm was fractured and referred her to another hospital to confirm her diagnosis. After Naw Mu received an x-ray, the doctor confirmed that Naw Mu's radius and ulna bones are broken. Currently, Naw Mu is experiencing pain in her left arm and has to take pain medication to have comfort and to sleep. She cannot lift her left hand or move it around. Fortunately, with the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Naw Mu will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for April 9th and will cost $1,500. With this treatment, she will no longer be in pain and she will be able to move her hand and arm fully again in the future. Naw Mu's father shared, “my daughter loves to play outsides with her friends and watching cartoon clips on the phone. After she receives surgery, I hope that she is able to play with her friends again.”

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