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Success! Hun Ly from Cambodia raised $229 to fund eye surgery so she can see clearly.

Hun Ly
  • $229 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Hun Ly's treatment was fully funded on March 8, 2021.

Photo of Hun Ly post-operation

March 9, 2021

Hun Ly underwent life-changing eye surgery.

Hun Ly had successful surgery to restore the visual acuity in her right eye and was able to return to her village after a period of observation in the hospital. Now that her symptoms have disappeared, Hun Ly’s family is thrilled that she will have more independence. Hun Ly looks forward to visiting the pagoda on her own.

She shared, “I feel very happy that I can see better and can go outside. I can take care of myself and my grandchildren and go to the ceremony at the pagoda.”

Hun Ly had successful surgery to restore the visual acuity in her right eye and was able to return to her village after a period of observat...

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December 24, 2020

Hun Ly is a mother of two with one son and one daughter. Hun Ly was a rice farmer but now is retired. Her husband passed away during the Khmer Rouge so Hun Ly lives with her daughter who is a teacher. She enjoys listening to the monks praying on the radio and at the pagoda.

Two years ago, Hun Ly developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her photophobia, blurry vision, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Hun Ly learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On December 23rd, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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.

Hun Ly said, “I’m hoping I will be able to see well after surgery. I want to go to ceremonies at the pagoda and spend more time with my grandchildren once I am better.”

Hun Ly is a mother of two with one son and one daughter. Hun Ly was a rice farmer but now is retired. Her husband passed away during the Khm...

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Hun Ly's Timeline

  • December 23, 2020

    Hun Ly 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.

  • December 24, 2020

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

  • December 26, 2020

    Hun Ly's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 8, 2021

    Hun Ly's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 9, 2021

    Hun Ly'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 Hun Ly'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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