Thorn is an elderly farmer from Cambodia. She is 68-years-old, and a widow. She has three daughters, four sons, and twenty grandchildren. Due to her age, she no longer works in the rice field, she stays home and takes care of her grandchildren. She lives with her son who is a laborer. She likes to listen to monks preaching on the radio.
One year ago, Thorn developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her difficulty seeing in bright or dim light, blurry vision, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.
When Thorn learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours with her son seeking treatment. On February 8th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and 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.
Thorn shared, “I hope after surgery I can return to having my life. I want to see clearly, walk independently, and care for my grandchildren.”