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

  • $253 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Rem's treatment was fully funded on October 31, 2022.

Photo of Rem post-operation

November 14, 2022

Rem underwent successful cataract surgery.

Rem and her daughter traveled to Children’s Surgical Centre, where she had a successful operation. After her eye has fully healed, her vision will improve enough for her to return to her previous independence. She looks forward to visiting her local pagoda and listening to the monks, as well as playing with her grandchildren - a highlight of her life.

“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.” - Rem’s daughter

Rem and her daughter traveled to Children's Surgical Centre, where she had a successful operation. After her eye has fully healed, her visio...

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May 13, 2022

Rem is a 65-year-old widow. She has two daughters, five sons, and many grandchildren. Her husband passed away many years ago, so she lives with and is supported by her youngest daughter who works in a local garment factory. At home, she likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio and go to the pagoda.

One year ago, Rem developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her photophobia and blurry vision. She spends most of her time in the house because she does not see well enough to walk outside.

When Rem learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for six and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 13th, 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 your help to fund this $253 procedure.

Rem says, “I hope after surgery I will see clearly again. I hope to go outside and visit places on my own.”

Rem is a 65-year-old widow. She has two daughters, five sons, and many grandchildren. Her husband passed away many years ago, so she lives w...

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Rem's Timeline

  • May 13, 2022

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

  • May 13, 2022

    Rem 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 19, 2022

    Rem's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 31, 2022

    Rem's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 14, 2022

    Rem'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 Rem'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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34% funded

$718to go

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