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Success! Savoeun from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery so she can see clearly.

  • $229 raised, $0 to go
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Savoeun's treatment was fully funded on November 10, 2021.

Photo of Savoeun post-operation

August 8, 2021

Savoeun underwent cataract surgery so she can see clearly.

Savoeun and her daughter traveled to our medical partner CSC to have her sight-saving surgery. She is thrilled with the results; her vision is much improved, she can see colors brilliantly and can recognize the faces of her children. Savoeun can be more independent, cook for the family, and care for the grandchildren.

Her daughter said: “I am so pleased that my mother has her sight restored. She is much happier, feels more confident, and can help the family by watching our children while we go to work. Thanks to all who helped my mom have this surgery.”

Savoeun and her daughter traveled to our medical partner CSC to have her sight-saving surgery. She is thrilled with the results; her vision ...

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June 25, 2021

Savoeun is a 50-year-old mother and grandmother. She has one son, one daughter, and two grandchildren. Her husband passed away more than ten years ago, and she currently lives with her daughter. Savoeun’s children work in a garment factory while Savoeun takes care of her grandchildren. She likes to cook, watch news on the TV, and read stories to her grandchildren.

Three years ago, Savoeun developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her photophobia, blurry vision, itchiness, and occasional tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Savoeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On June 25th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $229 to fund this procedure.

Savoeun wants to be independent, “I hope after surgery I can see clearly, go outside by myself, cook easily, and take care of my grandchildren. I do not want to make my children take care of me too.”

Savoeun is a 50-year-old mother and grandmother. She has one son, one daughter, and two grandchildren. Her husband passed away more than ten...

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Savoeun's Timeline

  • June 25, 2021

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

  • June 25, 2021

    Savoeun 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.

  • June 26, 2021

    Savoeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 8, 2021

    Savoeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 10, 2021

    Savoeun'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 Savoeun'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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