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Success! Yan from Cambodia raised $253 to fund cataract surgery.

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Yan's treatment was fully funded on November 2, 2022.

Photo of Yan post-operation

November 14, 2022

Yan underwent cataract surgery.

Yan had been troubled by his diminishing eyesight and assumed his vision would be diminished for the rest of his life. He traveled to our medical partner CSC, had successful surgery, and was able to return home the following day. The surgery will improve Yan’s life because he will see well enough to help around the house and recognize the faces of his many grandchildren.

Yan said: “I am glad my neighbor told me about the hospital. The staff made me comfortable and I was grateful to be in good hands. I can see and am pleased my life will be better and I can see again. Thank you!”

Yan had been troubled by his diminishing eyesight and assumed his vision would be diminished for the rest of his life. He traveled to our me...

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May 16, 2022

Yan is an elderly rice farmer, living with his wife and daughter in rural Cambodia. He also has two sons, another daughter, and nine grandchildren. Yan enjoys listening to monks pray on the radio.

Two years ago, Yan developed a cataract in his right eye, which causes blurry vision, sensitivity to light, and tearing. When Yan learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours to seek treatment. On May 16th, doctors at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre will perform cataract surgery, and they will also implant an intraocular lens in his right eye. Children’s Surgical Centre is requesting $253 to fund Yan’s treatment, which will enable Yan to see clearly, once again.

Yan told us: “After surgery I hope I can see people clearly, visit the pagoda by myself, and take better care of my wife.”

Yan is an elderly rice farmer, living with his wife and daughter in rural Cambodia. He also has two sons, another daughter, and nine grandch...

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Yan's Timeline

  • May 16, 2022

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

  • May 16, 2022

    Yan 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.

  • May 20, 2022

    Yan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 2, 2022

    Yan's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 14, 2022

    Yan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $253 for Yan'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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Ma Win is an 18-year-old girl who lives with her parents, sister and brother-in-law in Yangon, Burma. Ma Win’s sister works at a clothing factory, while her brother-in-law works as a day laborer. Her parents are homemakers. Before Ma Win's current illness, she also worked at a factory. When Ma Win was four years old, she experienced a bout of high fever, and was brought to the local clinic. She received an injection, and the doctor informed her parents that she was born with a heart problem. However, she was too young at the time for corrective surgery. Instead, she was sent home with medication, and appeared to be doing well until this past year. In April, Ma Win began experiencing chest pains, high fever and difficulty breathing. She went to a clinic, and received an x-ray and an echocardiogram. After the doctor checked her results, she was diagnosed with an opening between two major blood vessels leading from the heart. The doctor told her and her family that she would need to have surgery. When Ma Win explained to the doctor that her family could not afford to pay for the surgery, she was referred to the abbot of a local monastery, who provided the family with information about our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. Now Ma Win is scheduled for cardiac surgery on October 23rd at Pun Hlaing Hospital. After she has recovered, she should no longer experience chest pains or difficulty breathing, and she won't have to worry any longer about her condition. She will also be able to return to work, which will help ease her family's financial burdens. Now she needs your help to raise $1,500 to cover the cost of her procedure. Ma Win said: “I am scared to receive surgery, but my mother tries to encourage me. However, I am very happy that I will be able to receive treatment with your help. I would like to say thank you so much to all the donors.”

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