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Success! Ret from Cambodia raised $229 to fund surgery on her right eye.

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Ret's treatment was fully funded on December 12, 2020.

Photo of Ret post-operation

June 19, 2020

Ret underwent sight-restoring surgery on her right eye.

Ret’s surgery was successful! Her doctors removed the cataract in her right eye that was causing her blurry vision and making it difficult for her to walk. She can now see clearly and go anywhere outside. She will also be able to see her brother and sister. Her quality of life has improved significantly. Our medical partner discharged her with eye drops and scheduled a followup appointment at their clinic.

“I am so happy to have my vision improved and now I can do things without help and recognize the faces of all my family members again,” shared Ret.

Ret's surgery was successful! Her doctors removed the cataract in her right eye that was causing her blurry vision and making it difficult f...

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April 28, 2020

Ret is a 68-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one brother and one sister. Ret enjoys listening to the news and the monks pray on the radio. She also likes watching Khmer dramas on TV.

Two years ago, Ret developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her vision loss. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Ret learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 28th, 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.

“I hope that my aunt’s eye will recover well so she can return to rice field, plant crops, as well as join ceremonies at the pagoda again,” Ret’s niece said.

Ret is a 68-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one brother and one sister. Ret enjoys listening to the news and the monks pray on t...

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Ret's Timeline

  • April 28, 2020

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

  • April 28, 2020

    Ret 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.

  • April 29, 2020

    Ret's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 19, 2020

    Ret's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 12, 2020

    Ret's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Ret'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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Duncan is a 23-year-old mechanic. He's a lively man who likes cracking jokes with friends to cheer everyone up. Duncan is the second born in a family of six and he is married with two children. He lives in a rented house at his local center with his family. He completed his high school studies but did not proceed to college because of a lack of school fees. He has always had to do a lot to take care of his siblings and provide for their needs, like school fees. Duncan learned mechanical skills from his local center by watching what the mechanics there were doing. He now hopes to study mechanical engineering to improve his skills but he is unable because of the financial burden he has of taking care of his siblings and young family. Despite this, he is still hopeful that he will manage to do so in the future. Two days ago, Duncan was involved in a severe accident and sustained a fracture on his right leg. He was riding a motorcycle in the evening from his place of work when it lost control and fell into a ditch. He was rushed to a nearby health facility for immediate care from where he was referred to our hospital. An X-Ray confirmed a right femur fracture. He also has chest pains hence needing hospital admission for management and to plan for his surgery. He is unable to walk, has pain, and feels all he can do is lie in bed and wait for help. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On October 8th, Duncan will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This surgery will relieve him of the pain and help him walk again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1145 to fund this procedure. Duncan says, “We are facing a difficult moment as a family, my parents cannot find money to buy food for the family without my assistance. There’s nothing else that matters other than seeing my family happy. I want to get healed and go back home to support their needs.”

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