A shy but imaginative young girl, Nit likes, “playing made up games with her friends,” says our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). The seven-year-old from Cambodia is in first grade and likes math.
Nit has a condition known as strabismus. This prevents her eyes from staying aligned, causing them to occasionally cross. Due to the misalignment, strabismus often makes the brain work harder, leading to eye strain and headaches. It can also affect overall vision.
Given her condition, Nit has become very shy with other children her age, particularly while at school. Additionally, strabismus can cause patients to tire easily, which may pose issues with schooling. Nit’s mother tells CSC, “her daughter’s studying is affected by her eye.”
With $290, Nit will receive strabismus surgery and realign her eyes. This is an effective and long term solution to Nit’s condition, allowing her eyes to function normally throughout her life. To support her recovery, Nit will remain in the hospital for three days after her surgery, giving her immediate access to any medical care she may need.
After treatment, “Nit won’t have a cross eye,” CSC says.
With surgery, Nit’s mother hopes that Nit will no longer “be shy with her friends.” Importantly—without strain on her eyes—Nit can also continue with her schooling more comfortably.