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Success! Da from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery to improve her vision.

  • $229 raised, $0 to go
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Da's treatment was fully funded on June 30, 2022.

Photo of Da post-operation

July 19, 2022

Da underwent cataract surgery to improve her vision.

Da remained at the hospital until surgeons were sure she had no complications, then she returned home to her province. Her sight has gradually improved and she is thrilled that she can be more independent and not afraid she will fall when she goes outside. This will improve Da’s life because she can be more useful to her family with helping to cook and care for the grandchildren.

Da’s daughter said: “The staff put my mother at ease and we were grateful to be in good hands. She can see and is very pleased that her life can go back to normal. Thank you to the staff and the donors who helped my mother to have this surgery.”

Da remained at the hospital until surgeons were sure she had no complications, then she returned home to her province. Her sight has gradual...

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March 17, 2022

Da is a 70-year-old widowed rice farmer. She has one daughter and two grandchildren. Da lives with her daughter’s family, since her husband passed away many years ago. Most of the time, she stays home to help with housework, and she enjoys listening to monks pray on the radio.

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

When Da learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On March 17th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery, and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Da shared, “I hope after surgery I can see well. I want to go to the pagoda but right now I can’t see.”

Da is a 70-year-old widowed rice farmer. She has one daughter and two grandchildren. Da lives with her daughter's family, since her husband ...

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Da's Timeline

  • March 17, 2022

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

  • March 17, 2022

    Da 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.

  • March 18, 2022

    Da's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 30, 2022

    Da's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 19, 2022

    Da'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 $229 for Da'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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