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The 70-year-old hero

Michelle Fernández by Michelle Fernández  •  posted 7 months ago in story

We met Khem in Cambodia.

He’s a 70-year-old father from Cambodia with eight daughters and 35 grandchildren. "Some say it is a large family. But for me it is a large, wonderful family. Because it is my family."

"I hope it is enough."

For years he has worked as a cleaner at a pagoda to support his family. "I hope for happiness for my children. I have worked hard for many years to make sure they are happy. I hope it is enough."


He's a hero to his children, and they are his."

In the last few years, cataracts in both of his eyes clouded his vision and made it difficult for him to work at the pagoda. "Still," his wife told us, “he is a hero to his children. And they are his heroes."

Thanks to Watsi donors who funded his treatment, Khem received treatment to restore his vision.

"They think I am a hero — so I will be one."

"What's most important is what happens now," said Khem. "I get to see my children and grandchildren again. I'm going to take the youngest ones for walks. And I'm going to read with the oldest ones. They think I am a hero — so I will be one for them."


This Father’s Day, thank the hero in your life with a personalized Watsi gift card. Just upload a photo of you and dad, enter a gift card amount, and relax — we’ll mail it for you for free.

Thank your hero


Michelle Fernández

Telling the stories of Watsi patients and donors. Head of Content at Watsi.

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