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

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Hen's treatment was fully funded on February 18, 2021.

Photo of Hen post-operation

February 19, 2021

Hen underwent a cataract surgery.

Hen and her family drove three hours to our Medical Partner CSC for her surgery. The surgeons removed Hen’s cataract and inserted an intraocular lens implant. Previously she had itching, tearing, and was unable to recognize family because her vision had gotten so blurry. After a short course of post-op eye drops, her vision is steadily improving. She is happy to be able to go outside and do things for herself.

Hen shared how happy she was to be able to see again and do more independently. She’s looking forward to helping take care of her family, help around the house, and especially playing with her grandchildren.

Hen and her family drove three hours to our Medical Partner CSC for her surgery. The surgeons removed Hen's cataract and inserted an intrao...

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November 11, 2020

Hen is a 74-year-old woman from Cambodia. She has three daughters, two sons, and seven grandchildren. Hen used to work as a farmer, but retired recently. She lives with her first daughter, who is also a farmer. Hen enjoys listening to the monks preaching on the radio.

One year ago, Hen developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, and irritation. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Hen learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours by taxi with her daughter seeking treatment. On November 10th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Hen shared, “In the last phase of my life, I truly wish to enjoy the sense of sight that was given by the creator.”

Hen is a 74-year-old woman from Cambodia. She has three daughters, two sons, and seven grandchildren. Hen used to work as a farmer, but reti...

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Hen's Timeline

  • November 10, 2020

    Hen 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.

  • November 11, 2020

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

  • November 13, 2020

    Hen's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 18, 2021

    Hen's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 19, 2021

    Hen'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 Hen'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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