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Success! Khem from Cambodia raised $253 to fund cataract surgery in his right eye.

  • $253 raised, $0 to go
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Khem's treatment was fully funded on July 29, 2022.

Photo of Khem post-operation

August 11, 2022

Khem underwent life-changing cataract surgery.

Khem and his parents traveled to our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre to repair his congenital cataract - a rare birth defect. If not repaired, this condition can cause life-long vision problems or complete blindness. He easily recovered from the anesthesia, and they was able to return home the next day. Khem’s family will follow up with the eye doctor in a few weeks to support on his full recovery. With this intervention, Khem has surely avoided lifelong visual impairment and should have no significant problems as he grows older.

Khem’s mother said: “We were afraid that Khem was blind and so relieved that he will be able to see as he gets older. We hope his eye will look like other children’s eyes. We are very grateful to the doctors at CSC who were able to fix his eye, and to the helpers who paid for his surgery so he could have good vision and be successful and healthy when he grows up.”

Khem and his parents traveled to our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre to repair his congenital cataract - a rare birth defect. If ...

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May 3, 2022

Khem is a cute five-month-old boy. He is the first child in his family and loves to fall asleep to the sound of his mother’s voice. His mother is a homemaker and his father is a local grocery seller.

Since he was born, Khem has had a cataract in his right eye, causing him to have a white pupil. He cannot follow his mother’s face and she is worried he cannot see out of that eye.

On May 3rd, doctors will perform lensectomy and place an intraocular lens implant in Khem’s right eye. After recovery, baby Khem will be able to see clearly. Now, their family needs help to fund this $253 procedure.

His mother said, “I hope he will be able to see well like other children.”

Khem is a cute five-month-old boy. He is the first child in his family and loves to fall asleep to the sound of his mother's voice. His moth...

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Khem's Timeline

  • May 3, 2022

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

  • May 3, 2022

    Khem 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.

  • May 3, 2022

    Khem's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 29, 2022

    Khem's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 11, 2022

    Khem'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 $253 for Khem'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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