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Sok is a widower from Cambodia who needs $229 to fund cataract surgery.

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May 4, 2020

Sok is a 60-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She is a window with no children, and her husband died during Pol Pot’s regime. Sok is currently living with her niece who is also a rice farmer. She enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio, and going to the pagoda for Buddhist ceremonies.

One year ago, Sok developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her vision loss that prevents her from working in the rice field. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Sok learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 4th, 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 that my aunt can see everything better so she can be more independent. She wants to be able to join ceremonies at pagodas, and help at the rice field. I hope she can just do some housework by herself as well,” Sok’s niece said.

Sok is a 60-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She is a window with no children, and her husband died during Pol Pot's regime. Sok is curre...

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Sok's Timeline

  • May 4, 2020

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

  • May 04, 2020

    Sok 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.

  • May 06, 2020

    Sok's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 19, 2020

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


    Sok 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 $229 for Sok'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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Kyamatungo is a 74-year-old widow and a mother who shared with us that she had given birth to four children, but lost two of her daughters and she currently only has two sons. One of her sons is a plumber and another one is a primary teacher. She earns a living from her small farm of bananas from which she gets food and has to sell off some Matooke when she is in need of essential basic needs like salt soap and paraffin. At times she grows small gardens of beans and maize to feed her family. Kyamatungo came to the hospital with urine incontinence and persistent abdominal pain which she says started three years ago. She further shared that these and her other symptoms have exposed her to having a poor quality of life due to the discomfort she often feels whenever she is public. If not treated, the presenting symptoms may persist or worsen hence causing lifetime disease-related complications or possibly mortality. Kyamatungo had only ever been to Rugarama health centre IV, where she was examined and diagnosed with cystocele but doctors referred her to Nyakible Hospital for surgical treatment. She was not able to immediately come due to limited finances. At Watsi's Partner Nyakible Hospital, she has been seen by the gynaecologist for specialized examination, who has recommended surgery. Kyamatungo says: “I will thank you, people, and pray to God to bless you when am give a chance to undergo my surgery under your support. I hope my surgery will be successful so that I could be relieved from these pending symptoms.”

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