Van is an 80-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She and her husband live in Kampongcham province. She doesn’t spend as much time farming as she used to, but she still works hard on her garden of herbs and vegetables. She has one son and three grandchildren.
Ten years ago, Van developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.
When Van learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours by taxi seeking treatment. On June 8th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.
Van said, “I don’t want my grandson to spend so much time taking care of me. I want to walk by myself where I want to go, harvest my herbs by myself. I hope the surgery can help me see everything and recognize where I am going.”