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Chhet is a rice farmer from Cambodia who needs $229 to fund cataract surgery so she can spend time with her grandchildren.

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June 22, 2021

Chhet is a rice farmer with two sons, four daughters, and 17 grandchildren. Chhet lives with her husband and their eldest daughter. At home Chhet enjoys listening to the monks praying and the news on the radio.

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

When Chhet learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On June 22nd, 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.

Chhet would like to help out at her house and be independent again, “I hope after surgery my eye can see clearly. I want to see my relatives and can go outside on my own. I plan to help take care of my grandchildren and myself better after surgery, as well as help my daughter cook and plant crops around the house.”

Chhet is a rice farmer with two sons, four daughters, and 17 grandchildren. Chhet lives with her husband and their eldest daughter. At home ...

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Chhet's Timeline

  • June 22, 2021

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

  • June 22, 2021

    Chhet 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.

  • June 23, 2021

    Chhet's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 4, 2021

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


    Chhet 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 Chhet'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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