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Heang is a vegetable seller from Cambodia who needs $229 to fund eye surgery so she can return to work.

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July 21, 2021

Heang is a 57-year-old vegetable seller. She has three sons, six daughters, and 12 grandchildren. Heang lives with her grandchildren and her husband, who is a farmer. She likes to listen to the news, listen to monks pray on the radio, and play with her grandchildren.

Three years ago, Heang 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 Heang learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On July 21st, doctors will perform a cataract surgery and lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, Heang will be able to see clearly. Now, CSC is requesting $229 to fund this procedure.

Heang shares, “I hope I can see clearly after surgery so I can go to the market and sell vegetables again to support my family.”

Heang is a 57-year-old vegetable seller. She has three sons, six daughters, and 12 grandchildren. Heang lives with her grandchildren and her...

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Heang's Timeline

  • July 21, 2021

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

  • July 21, 2021

    Heang 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.

  • July 22, 2021

    Heang's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 26, 2021

    Awaiting Heang's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.


    Heang is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Heang'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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