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Yem is a retired rice farmer from Cambodia who needs $229 to fund sight-restoring cataract surgery.

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August 6, 2020

Yem is an 83-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia. Many of her family members passed away during the Khmer Rouge regime, and her husband passed away ten years ago, but she now lives with her brother in the countryside in Prey Veang province. She is a devout Buddhist and enjoys going to the pagodas in the region. She also listens to the news on the radio and makes traditional Khmer foods.

Five years ago, Yem developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and itchiness. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Yem learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three-and-a-half hours by taxi seeking treatment. On August 6th, 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 $229 procedure.

Yem shared, “I would be so happy to be able to see well enough to travel by myself so I can go to my favorite pagodas again. I would also like to cook for my brother again.”

Yem is an 83-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia. Many of her family members passed away during the Khmer Rouge regime, and her husba...

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Yem's Timeline

  • August 6, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Yem was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • August 06, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yem 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.

  • August 07, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yem's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 15, 2020
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Yem's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Yem is currently raising funds for her treatment.

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