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Success! Phal from Cambodia raised $253 to fund eye surgery to see well again.

  • $253 raised, $0 to go
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Phal's treatment was fully funded on November 30, 2022.
October 17, 2022

Phal is a 64-year-old loving grandmother. She is married with two sons, three daughters, and 14 grandchildren. She lives with her husband who is a rice farmer and with her elderly mother. When not caring for her mother and husband, she likes to listen to monks pray on the radio and to join ceremonies at the village pagoda.

One year ago, Phal developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her light sensitivity, tearing, and blurry vision. She is sad because she cannot help her family like she used to and feels useless.

When Phal learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On October 17th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery which will break up the cataract with ultrasound, irrigate the eye, and remove the cataract through suction. Then they will implant a new lens in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $253 procedure.

Phal said: “I hope after surgery I can see better. Then I’ll be able to go outside more and can help to plant again.”

Phal is a 64-year-old loving grandmother. She is married with two sons, three daughters, and 14 grandchildren. She lives with her husband wh...

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Phal's Timeline

  • October 17, 2022

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

  • October 17, 2022

    Phal 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.

  • October 19, 2022

    Phal's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 30, 2022

    Phal's treatment was fully funded.


    Awaiting Phal'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 Phal'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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