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Success! Neath from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring cataract surgery.

  • $229 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Neath's treatment was fully funded on April 12, 2022.

Photo of Neath post-operation

May 4, 2022

Neath underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

After traveling to our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre with her daughter, Neath underwent successful cataract surgery. She recovered quickly and has returned home to rest and continue her healing. Soon she will be able to return to the local market to sell rice and mangoes, which will help support her family’s income. Neath also looks forward to visiting her local pagoda again.

Neath said, “I am happier and can do things by myself again. I can see faces again and walk outside in the sun without help. Thank you to the donors who help Cambodians like me.”

After traveling to our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre with her daughter, Neath underwent successful cataract surgery. She recove...

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January 18, 2022

Neath is married with three sons, four daughters, and many grandchildren. She lives with her husband and her oldest daughter, and they all grow rice and mangoes to sell at the local market. Neath shared that she likes to listen to monks pray on the radio and visit the local pagoda when she is able.

Two years ago, Neath developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her photophobia and blurred vision. She has trouble doing household tasks and is frustrated with her inability to recognize faces. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking. As a result, she is unable to go places on her own.

When Neath learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for four and half hours seeking treatment. On January 18th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $229 to fund her procedure.

Neath shared, “After surgery, I hope I will see better. I want to be able to go outside without help and take care of myself and my grandchildren again.”

Neath is married with three sons, four daughters, and many grandchildren. She lives with her husband and her oldest daughter, and they all g...

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Neath's Timeline

  • January 18, 2022

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

  • January 18, 2022

    Neath 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.

  • January 19, 2022

    Neath's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 12, 2022

    Neath's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 4, 2022

    Neath'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 $229 for Neath'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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