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Success! Kem Ly from Cambodia raised $229 to fund eye surgery so he can see again.

Kem Ly
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Kem Ly's treatment was fully funded on July 25, 2022.

Photo of Kem Ly post-operation

August 3, 2022

Kem Ly underwent eye surgery so he can see again.

Kem Ly had successful surgery at Children’s Surgical Centre and was able to return home the next day. When his eye heals completely, he can return to the daily activities he loves - baking for his family and helping care for his grandchildren.

Kem Ly said: “I am so happy I listened to the advice of my relatives to have my eye fixed. I want to be more productive in my life, I don’t want to sit in the house and do nothing. This operation will change my life, and I can be more useful. Thank you to CSC and the donors for helping me see better.”

Kem Ly had successful surgery at Children's Surgical Centre and was able to return home the next day. When his eye heals completely, he can ...

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March 15, 2022

Kem Ly is a 71-year-old retired bread baker. He has one son, one daughter, and three grandchildren. Kem Ly lives with his son who is a musician. He likes to listen to the news on the radio.

One year ago, Kem Ly developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him photophobia and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so is not able to go places on his own.

When Kem Ly learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled there hoping for treatment. On March 15th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Kem Ly is hopeful that after surgery, he can do more on his own and travel around outside by himself.

Kem Ly is a 71-year-old retired bread baker. He has one son, one daughter, and three grandchildren. Kem Ly lives with his son who is a music...

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Kem Ly's Timeline

  • March 15, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 15, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kem Ly 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.

  • March 15, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kem Ly's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 25, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kem Ly's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 3, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kem Ly's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Kem Ly's treatment
Hospital Fees
$48
Medical Staff
$141
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
  • 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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