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Nim is a 65 year old retired rice farmer from Cambodia who needs $253 to fund cataract surgery.

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January 10, 2023

Nim is a 65-year-old retired rice farmer. She is a widow with three sons, four daughters, and 12 grandchildren, living in Cambodia. She currently stays with her youngest daughter, who helps support them by working in a nearby garment factory.

Five months ago Nim developed a cataract in her right eye. As the cataract has continued to grow, Nim’s vision has become increasingly impaired, making her reluctant to go out on her own, and causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision.

Nim sought help from our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre. Now, she is scheduled for cataract surgery on January 10th, at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. During the surgery, doctors will remove the cataract, and implant an intraocular lens in Nim’s eye. Now she needs your help to fund this $253 procedure.

Nim said: “I hope after surgery my eye can see better. I want to easily go out to far away places - and I want to go by myself, and I want to take care of my grandchildren.”

Nim is a 65-year-old retired rice farmer. She is a widow with three sons, four daughters, and 12 grandchildren, living in Cambodia. She cu...

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Nim's Timeline

  • January 10, 2023

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

  • January 10, 2023

    Nim 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.

  • January 13, 2023

    Nim's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Nim is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD

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

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

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