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Success! Khouch from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery to improve his vision.

  • $229 raised, $0 to go
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Khouch's treatment was fully funded on January 27, 2022.

Photo of Khouch post-operation

March 3, 2022

Khouch underwent surgery to heal and restore his vision.

Khouch’s parents were happy to take the advice of a local doctor and travel to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), for their son’s cataract surgery. The surgery was successful, and doctor’s report that Khouch was a very brave young man during his procedure. Thanks to this surgery, Khouch’s vision will slowly improve, and he will now be able to see out of both eyes. He looks forward to attending school to be with his friends and study hard for his future. His family is thankful to the staff and for the success of the operation. Good luck, Khouch!

Khouch’s mom said: “I am happy my son’s eye is better. He was afraid to go outside because his eye looked too bad and he had trouble seeing. He can attend school, be with his friends, and be successful. Thank you to the CSC staff and the donors who were able to fix his eye.”

Khouch's parents were happy to take the advice of a local doctor and travel to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for th...

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January 9, 2022

Khouch is an active six-year-old boy who lives with his parents and has two younger siblings. He is not yet in school, but enjoys playing with toy cars and is learning to ride his bike. His parents both work in construction to support the family.

A week ago, Khouch had a seizure and injured his eye. Khouch has now developed a cataract in his left eye, and he cannot see clearly. It is difficult for him to eat, to walk, to recognize faces, and to go anywhere outside.

When Khouch’s family learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On January 10th, doctors will perform lensectomy and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he and his family need help to fund this $229 procedure.

Khouch’s mother shared, “I hope the doctors can treat my son, so he can regain his vision. I want him to go to school and be healthy like other children.”

Khouch is an active six-year-old boy who lives with his parents and has two younger siblings. He is not yet in school, but enjoys playing wi...

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Khouch's Timeline

  • January 9, 2022

    Khouch was submitted by Ellen Interlandi, Volunteer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • January 10, 2022

    Khouch 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.

  • January 11, 2022

    Khouch's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 27, 2022

    Khouch's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 3, 2022

    Khouch's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

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