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Success! Thorn from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery.

  • $229 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Thorn's treatment was fully funded on May 2, 2021.

Photo of Thorn post-operation

March 30, 2021

Thorn underwent cataract surgery.

Surgeons at our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) were able to improve Thorn’s vision through a phacoemulsification procedure. She was instructed to place eye drops in her eye for a couple of weeks to improve healing and decrease the chance of infection. Her cloudy vision has disappeared and she is very happy with the outcome. Thorn would like to thank all who donated to help her see well again.

Thorn shared, “I can see well again. When I am home, I’ll be able to take care of my grandchildren and help around the house now.”

Surgeons at our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) were able to improve Thorn's vision through a phacoemulsification procedure...

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February 8, 2021

Thorn is an elderly farmer from Cambodia. She is 68-years-old, and a widow. She has three daughters, four sons, and twenty grandchildren. Due to her age, she no longer works in the rice field, she stays home and takes care of her grandchildren. She lives with her son who is a laborer. She likes to listen to monks preaching on the radio.

One year ago, Thorn developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her difficulty seeing in bright or dim light, blurry vision, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Thorn learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours with her son seeking treatment. On February 8th, 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.

Thorn shared, “I hope after surgery I can return to having my life. I want to see clearly, walk independently, and care for my grandchildren.”

Thorn is an elderly farmer from Cambodia. She is 68-years-old, and a widow. She has three daughters, four sons, and twenty grandchildren. Du...

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Thorn's Timeline

  • February 8, 2021

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

  • February 8, 2021

    Thorn 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.

  • February 8, 2021

    Thorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 30, 2021

    Thorn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 2, 2021

    Thorn's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Thorn'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.