Koem Leng is an 80-year-old vegetable farmer. She has one daughter, four sons and nine grandchildren. Twenty years ago, her husband passed away with lung cancer, so she lives with her youngest son who is a farmer. Due to her age, Koem Leng no longer works in the fields, and instead spends time at home taking care of her grandchildren. She self-describes her health as fair. In her free time, Koem Leng enjoys listening to monks preaching on the radio.
Five years ago, Koem Leng developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her photophobia, blurry vision, poor night vision, and difficulty eating or drinking. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.
When Koem Leng learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On February 10th, doctors will perform phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place 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.
Koem Leng shared, “After surgery, I hope my eyes can see clearly. I look forward to going out in the sun and taking care of myself and my grandchildren.”