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Success! Soem from Cambodia raised $229 to fund surgery to help her see clearly again.

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Soem's treatment was fully funded on December 28, 2021.

Photo of Soem post-operation

January 14, 2022

Soem underwent surgery to help her see clearly again.

Soem and her daughter traveled to CSC for surgery to remove her cataract. When she was able to open her eyes, she was pleased with the results. Although it will take several weeks for her to completely heal, she is hopeful she can see well again and be useful to her family. She looks forward to spending time with her family and visiting her local pagoda to pray with the monks.

Soem’s daughter said: “we are relieved my mother’s vision will improve. She was afraid to go outside because she could not see well, and now she can visit with friends and family. She is happier and not so lonely anymore. Thank you to the donors who help Cambodians like her have a better life.”

Soem and her daughter traveled to CSC for surgery to remove her cataract. When she was able to open her eyes, she was pleased with the resul...

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December 14, 2021

Soem is a widow and retired farmer who has three daughters, four sons, and many grandchildren. Her husband passed away a long time ago during the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, so she lives with her youngest daughter, who is also a farmer. At home, she likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio and go to the local pagoda.

Two years ago, Soem developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision and tearing. She can only see shadows, and so she doesn’t venture outside often. She would like to be helpful to her family but shared that she feels useless because she cannot see well.

When Soem learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On December 15th, doctors will perform a small incision 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 $229 procedure.

“I hope after surgery I can see well again,” says Soem. “I want to see the faces of my family and go to the pagoda by myself.”

Soem is a widow and retired farmer who has three daughters, four sons, and many grandchildren. Her husband passed away a long time ago durin...

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Soem's Timeline

  • December 14, 2021

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

  • December 15, 2021

    Soem 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.

  • December 16, 2021

    Soem's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 28, 2021

    Soem's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 14, 2022

    Soem's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Soem'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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