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Success! Cheu from Cambodia raised $229 to fund eye surgery to treat his cataract condition.

  • $229 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Cheu's treatment was fully funded on March 19, 2022.

Photo of Cheu post-operation

April 4, 2022

Cheu underwent successful cataract surgery to improve his vision.

Cheu’s surgery was a success! He previously had a difficult time with not being able to support his family due to his poor vision and was excited to have the opportunity to improve his eyesight. After his eye fully heals, he will be able to go back to work in the rice fields to support his family.

Cheu shared, “I am relieved I will not be blind for the rest of my life. I can ride my motorbike and work in the fields again soon. Thank you to the staff at CSC and the people who supported my surgery costs. I will be grateful forever for this improvement in my life.”

Cheu's surgery was a success! He previously had a difficult time with not being able to support his family due to his poor vision and was ex...

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December 13, 2021

Cheu is 58-year-old rice farmer. Cheu and his wife have two sons and three daughters. They are all farmers and work in the fields to earn a living. When he is not in the fields, he enjoys listening to the news on the radio.

Three years ago, Cheu developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him difficulty seeing in bright or low lights, double vision, and frequent tearing of his affected eye. He can no longer see to ride his motorbike or plant the rice correctly due to his vision.

When Cheu learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On December 14th, doctors will perform phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

He shared, “I hope to go back to being a successful farmer to support and feed my family. I feel sad I cannot help my family, and I cannot go outside.”

Cheu is 58-year-old rice farmer. Cheu and his wife have two sons and three daughters. They are all farmers and work in the fields to earn a ...

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Cheu's Timeline

  • December 13, 2021

    Cheu was submitted by Ellen Interlandi, Stakeholder Relations at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • December 14, 2021

    Cheu 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.

  • December 15, 2021

    Cheu's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 19, 2022

    Cheu's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 4, 2022

    Cheu's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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