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Success! Sambath from Cambodia raised $253 to fund cataract surgery so she can see clearly again.

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Sambath's treatment was fully funded on December 26, 2022.

Photo of Sambath post-operation

January 9, 2023

Sambath underwent cataract surgery so she can see clearly again.

Sambath knew she would get good care at Children’s Surgical Centre. After surgery, Sambath stayed in the hospital overnight and then she was able to return home. She will apply eye drops and keep water away from her eye for at least a week to reduce the chance of infection. She looks forward to cooking and caring for her grandchildren, which gives her great joy in her life. Sambath’s improved vision will allow her to help out at home and will improve her self-esteem.

Sambath said: “I am grateful to the hospital staff and the people who have made my life easier now that I can see better. I look forward to going to my pagoda because I am not afraid to walk outside by myself. Thank you for helping me see better so I can be more useful to my family.”

Sambath knew she would get good care at Children's Surgical Centre. After surgery, Sambath stayed in the hospital overnight and then she was...

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August 9, 2022

Sambath is a loving 78-year-old grandmother. She has two daughters and six beautiful grandchildren. Sambath’s husband has unfortunately passed away, so she now lives with her youngest daughter, who is a garment worker. Sambath spends much of her time cooking for her family, caring for her grandchildren, and listening to monks pray on the radio.

One year ago, Sambath developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her to experience light sensitivity, blurry vision, and eye tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so she is not able to go places on her own.

When she learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On August 9th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $253 procedure.

Sambath says,”After surgery, I hope my eye can see everything clearly so I can take care of myself, go to the ceremonies at the pagoda, and help to take care of my grandchildren.”

Sambath is a loving 78-year-old grandmother. She has two daughters and six beautiful grandchildren. Sambath's husband has unfortunately pass...

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Sambath's Timeline

  • August 9, 2022

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

  • August 9, 2022

    Sambath 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.

  • August 9, 2022

    Sambath's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 26, 2022

    Sambath's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 9, 2023

    Sambath's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $253 for Sambath'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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