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Yang is a 72 year old grandmother from Cambodia who needs $253 to fund cataract surgery.

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October 5, 2022

Yang is a loving grandmother to five grandchildren. She is 72 years old, and lives in Cambodia with her daughter, the youngest of her three children. While the family farms rice, Yang looks after her grandchildren, and helps around her daughter’s house.

Two years ago Yang developed a cataract in her left eye, which causes her blurry vision, light sensitivity and tearing. Because of the cataract, Yang can no longer walk her grandchildren to school, or help her daughter take care of their home. Additionally, she no longer has the confidence to go out on her own.

Yang traveled for three and a half hours to find care with our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre. As a result, she is scheduled to have surgery to remove the cataract, and to have an intraocular lens implanted in her eye, on October 5th, at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. Yang is looking to you to help cover the $253 needed for her procedure.

Yang said: “I hope after surgery I can see clearly. I would like to recognize my family’s faces and get around by myself without help.”

Yang is a loving grandmother to five grandchildren. She is 72 years old, and lives in Cambodia with her daughter, the youngest of her three...

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Yang's Timeline

  • October 5, 2022

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

  • October 5, 2022

    Yang was scheduled to receive 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.

  • October 9, 2022

    Yang's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Yang is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD

    Awaiting Yang's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $253 for Yang'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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