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

  • $229 raised, $0 to go
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Sav's treatment was fully funded on September 13, 2021.

Photo of Sav post-operation

July 19, 2021

Sav underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Sav was thankful to have the cataract surgery that improved her eyesight. She will rest for a few days and apply eye drops to aid in healing. Soon, Sav will return home to care for her elderly mother and her grandchildren, so regaining her eyesight is a great help to now only her, but also her family.

Her daughter said, “I am pleased to see my mom happy again with better eyesight. She is more independent, she can visit the pagoda by herself, and I don’t have to worry about her anymore.”

Sav was thankful to have the cataract surgery that improved her eyesight. She will rest for a few days and apply eye drops to aid in healin...

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June 9, 2021

Sav is a 65-year-old rice farmer with one daughter and two grandchildren. Sav’s daughter works in a garment factory. These days, Sav stays at home with her grandchildren and does not farm anymore as it is difficult for her to see well. She enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio.

Five years ago, Sav developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her sensitivity to light, itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Sav learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for an hour and a half with her daughter seeking treatment. On June 9th, 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.

Sav shared, “I hope after surgery I can see well so I can go places on my own, plant some vegetables around my house, and take care of my mother and my grandchildren.”

Sav is a 65-year-old rice farmer with one daughter and two grandchildren. Sav's daughter works in a garment factory. These days, Sav stays a...

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Sav's Timeline

  • June 9, 2021

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

  • June 9, 2021

    Sav 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.

  • June 13, 2021

    Sav's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 19, 2021

    Sav's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 13, 2021

    Sav'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 Sav'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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