Kanchana is a happy four-year-old. She lives with her parents in Kandal province; her mother is a teacher and her father is a chef in a local restaurant. She has just started to attend school and is excited to learn about Khmer subjects. At home, she likes to draw pictures, and have fried pork, soup, and milk for meals.
Kanchana has strabismus in both eyes. Strabismus is a misalignment of the eye caused by injury or dysfunction in the associated nerves and muscles. Kanchana’s eyes turn outward and it is difficult for her to focus. She often complains of headaches. If this condition is left untreated, her eye may face outwards continually, and she could lose her ability to see with both eyes. Kanchana will have much more difficulty with large amounts of reading and writing as she gets older.
Kanchana traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On March 2nd, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to align her eyes. Now, Kanchana needs help to raise $331 to fund this procedure.
Kanchana’s mother said: “I hope her eye looks like other kids after this surgery.”