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Success! Oun from Cambodia raised $253 to fund life-changing cataract surgery.

  • $253 raised, $0 to go
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Oun's treatment was fully funded on November 21, 2022.

Photo of Oun post-operation

December 1, 2022

Oun underwent life-changing cataract surgery.

Because of her condition, Oun could no longer engage in the activities that are most important in her life. After her surgery, she was so grateful for the improvement in her vision. Her life will improve because she can engage more fully with her family. She especially looks forward to walking her grandchildren to school.

Oun said: “I am so happy, I feel younger, and can see everyone’s faces and bright colors again. My family is grateful I can see better. Thank you to the CSC staff, all the doctors and nurses, and the people who donated.”

Because of her condition, Oun could no longer engage in the activities that are most important in her life. After her surgery, she was so gr...

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June 6, 2022

Oun is a 62-year-old rice farmer, living with her husband and oldest daughter. Oun and her husband have two daughters, two sons and four grandchildren. When not working or helping to care for the grandchildren, Oun enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio.

Two years ago, Oun developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision and eye discomfort in bright or low light. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and she is worried about falling when walking, so she is reluctant to go places on her own.

When Oun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for five and a half hours to seek treatment. On June 6th, doctors at Kien Khleang Rehabilitation Centre will perform cataract surgery, and implant an intraocular lens in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly again. Children’s Surgical Center is requesting $253 to fund this procedure.

Oun says: “I hope after surgery my eye will be better. I want to be able to go outside, recognize faces, and plant rice.”

Oun is a 62-year-old rice farmer, living with her husband and oldest daughter. Oun and her husband have two daughters, two sons and four gr...

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Oun's Timeline

  • June 6, 2022

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

  • June 6, 2022

    Oun 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 9, 2022

    Oun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 21, 2022

    Oun's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 1, 2022

    Oun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $253 for Oun'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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Prossy is a hospital cleaner and a mother of three children, all of whom are currently studying. After completing high school, she joined a nursing school to pursue a certificate in midwifery. Unfortunately, her father, who was paying her school fees, passed away while she was in her second year. Due to financial constraints, she had to drop out of nursing school. However, her passion for caring for the sick never faded, and she decided to become a cleaner, a job she has held for over 25 years at a local health center. Prossy's husband is a farmer, and they live in a two-roomed house. Their income is not sufficient to cover the cost of her surgery, and she is, therefore, appealing for support. For the last five years, Prossy began to experience troubling symptoms, including shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, palpitation, and pain while swallowing. Concerned about her health, Prossy sought medical attention and went to a local health center. She needed specialized care and was referred to Nyakibale hospital where surgery was recommended. She was diagnosed with a bilateral goiter and needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Prossy receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on March 7th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family need help raising money. Prossy says: “I hope to get healed and have normal health like any other person once I am given your support to undergo surgery.”

7% funded

$232to go

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