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Pha Lai is a cleaner from Cambodia who needs $211 to fund cataract surgery.

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December 16, 2019

Pha Lai is a 66-year-old cleaner from Cambodia. She has one daughter, and enjoys watching Chinese dramas on television in her free time.

Five months ago, Pha Lai developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her vision loss. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

Pha Lai learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, and on December 17th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $211 procedure.

“I hope that I will be able to continue my work and can go anywhere outside on my own again.”

Pha Lai is a 66-year-old cleaner from Cambodia. She has one daughter, and enjoys watching Chinese dramas on television in her free time. ...

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Pha Lai's Timeline

  • December 16, 2019

    Pha Lai was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • December 17, 2019

    Pha Lai received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • December 17, 2019

    Pha Lai's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 27, 2019

    Awaiting Pha Lai's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.


    Pha Lai is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $211 for Pha Lai'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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Kyampire is a mother of five girls. She lost her husband in February 2001. All her daughters are married, but are struggling in their families due to lack of adequate education. Her firstborn is 24 years old and completed secondary school class three, the second born is 23 years old and completed primary school class six, her third is 22 years old and completed secondary school class two, while her youngest is 20 years old and dropped from secondary school class three. Her husband had not constructed a house for them but Kyampire tried her best and constructed a three-room semi-permanent house for herself and her girls. Kyampire started feeling abdominal pains and scans at Kabale referral hospital showed she had uterine fibroids. As the pains persisted, she went to a private doctor who advised her to have surgery but could not because she could not afford the surgery charges. She tried herbs and pain medicine to reduce the pain but she feels it is now beyond her control and that’s why she came to Rushoroza Hospital. If not treated, she could develop severe anaemia leading to heart failure. She has severe abdominal pain stopping her from doing her day to day activities. Kyampire did not go to school and survives on small-scale farming. Her normal duties are affected because she feels severe pain when digging and feels pain and heavy when walking; this greatly slows down her general performance in any activity she takes on. She at times finds it difficult to walk completely. Kyampire told us: “I pray for a successful surgery. I look forward to being normal again and be able to carry out my farming activities as comfortably as I had always done; making it easy to take good care of myself, God willing.”

64% funded

$84to go

Hla is a 41-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her family in a village in Kawkareik Township in Karen State. Hla is a homemaker, raises livestock, and looks after her niece while her sister teaches at a nursery school in the village. Her two younger sons and her brother-in-law are subsistence farmers who grow rice on rented land. Hla’s oldest son is a distance education student in university. One year ago, Hla felt a painless growth when she touched her lower abdomen. That same day, she went to see a traditional birth attendant (TBA) about this. The TBA told her that she had a gastric problem. The next day, Hla went to see a traditional healer receive blessed water in the hopes it would make the growth disappear. Although she drank the blessed water for around two months, the growth remained. As she did not think that the growth would make her seriously ill, she did not go to a clinic. In January 2020, Hla felt like the growth was increasing in size. She decided to visit Kawkareik Private Clinic where the doctor performed an ultrasound. She was told that she had a mass in her uterus. The doctor provided her with painkillers and she was told to only take it when she is in pain. Hla has been experiencing back pain and the mass increases in size day by day. She has been diagnosed with a uterine mass and has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Hla's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Hla is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on March 13th. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she will no longer experience back pain and she will be able continue working and helping out at home. Hla said, "I'm very scared when I heard that I need to receive surgery. When I got home, my family and friends encouraged me to not be afraid because there were many other people who had the same condition who recovered and became healthy again."

86% funded

$199to go

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