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Success! San from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery on her left eye.

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San's treatment was fully funded on March 23, 2021.

Photo of San post-operation

March 22, 2021

San underwent cataract surgery on her left eye.

After the surgery, San’s visual acuity improved so she can see clearly again and she and her family have returned home to their village. San’s daughter is very happy with her mother’s surgery and that her mother is able to see everything much more clearly than before. She’s also relieved that San is able to do things without difficulty and she doesn’t have to worry about her vision loss anymore.

San shared, “I am so thankful that I could get this surgery. I can go outside, see my family, and I can take care of myself.”

After the surgery, San's visual acuity improved so she can see clearly again and she and her family have returned home to their village. San...

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January 7, 2021

San is an elderly rice farmer from Cambodia. Her husband passed away during the Khmer Rouge regime and she lives with her one daughter, who is also a farmer. Now that San is older, she does not work at the rice field anymore, and likes to spend her time listening monks preaching on the radio.

Two years ago, San developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. Her condition has become significantly worse in the last two months and is impacting her ability to her day-to-day tasks.

When San learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On January 7th, doctors will perform a small incision 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.

San shared, “I want to help my daughter to take care of my grandchildren, do housework, and can go anywhere that I want to go. Thank you for your support for my surgery.”

San is an elderly rice farmer from Cambodia. Her husband passed away during the Khmer Rouge regime and she lives with her one daughter, who ...

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San's Timeline

  • January 7, 2021

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

  • January 7, 2021

    San 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.

  • January 8, 2021

    San's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 22, 2021

    San's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • March 23, 2021

    San's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for San'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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Bakandema is a 79-year-old man who runs a small banana plantation, which he and his wife tend to together. They also cultivate maize, beans, and potatoes for their family. Bakandema also brews traditional beer to complement the income from the farm. However, at his old age, he has to work hard to make sufficient income. His eight children have left the nest, but all work in casual labour with limited income. For the last three years, Bakandema has had a right inguinal hernia. The hernia causes him pain, especially when he bends or walks for some time. He cannot sleep well these days. The hernia has been getting worse over time and, without treatment, might become a strangulated hernia which is life-threatening. After selling some goats to travel and pay for his treatment, Bakandema came to Nyakibale Hospital for medical review. He was recommended to undergo herniorrhaphy surgery to treat his condition. However, Bakandema cannot afford the cost of his care and appeals for financial support. Fortunately, on June 9th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $230 to fund Bakandema's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Bakandema shared, “I pray that you help me get treated because I have been in pain for a long time. Once relieved, I will live to give a testimony about what you have done for me as I continue with farming to sustain my family.”

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