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Success! Phanny from Cambodia raised $229 for sight-restoring cataract eye surgery.

  • $229 raised, $0 to go
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Phanny's treatment was fully funded on December 20, 2021.

Photo of Phanny post-operation

December 25, 2021

Phanny underwent sight-restoring cataract eye surgery.

Phanny took his relative’s recommendation and traveled to our medical partner CSC for his surgery. His cataract surgery was successful and now Phanny will be able to return to work as a tuk-tuk driver when tourists return to Cambodia and help his wife sell fried bananas. The pandemic has been hard on their business; being able to work again will help Phanny and his family to buy food for themselves and improve their life.

Phanny said: “I am so relieved my eyesight is better. I can be more independent, drive my motorbike by myself, and make money to send my children and grandson to school.”

Phanny took his relative's recommendation and traveled to our medical partner CSC for his surgery. His cataract surgery was successful and n...

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October 27, 2021

Phanny is a 44-year-old tuk-tuk taxi driver. He has one son, two daughters, and one grandson. Phanny lives with his wife who sells fried bananas. Phanny likes to listen to the news on the radio and watch boxing on TV.

Two years ago, Phanny developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him photophobia and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Phanny learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled there hoping for treatment. On October 27th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and will place 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.

Phanny says, “I hope I can see well again so I can return to driving my tuk-tuk.”

Phanny is a 44-year-old tuk-tuk taxi driver. He has one son, two daughters, and one grandson. Phanny lives with his wife who sells fried ban...

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Phanny's Timeline

  • October 27, 2021

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

  • October 27, 2021

    Phanny 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.

  • October 29, 2021

    Phanny's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 20, 2021

    Phanny's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 25, 2021

    Phanny'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 Phanny'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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