Lan is a 64-year-old rice farmer and a widow who now lives alone. Her husband passed away in the Khmer Rouge regime, and her daughter passed away after the birth of a child. Lan no longer farms because of her age, but loves spending time at her nephew’s house to care for grandchildren. Her favorite activity is listening to the local monks chanting and preaching on the radio.
One year ago, Lan developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her tearing, clouded vision, and sensitivity to light and glare. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.
When Lan learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On January 19th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place 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.
Lan shared, “I hope that after surgery I can see well, go palces outside again, and help my nephew take care of my grandchildren.”