Meet Ban, a 67-year-old man from Cambodia. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), reports, “Ban is married with three sons, five daughters, and seven grandchildren, and he spends his free time listening to the monks praying at the pagoda.”
Two months ago Ban developed a mature cataract in his left eye—a clouding of the lens that often occurs due to old age. Since Ban has developed the cataract, “He has been unable to watch TV or go to pagoda, and he worries about his left eye becoming blind as it is getting harder for him to do work, go to pagoda and join ceremonies, or go anywhere that far by himself,” CSC explains.
Ban needs cataract surgery to replace the cloudy lens in his eye with a clear, artificial implant. This procedure costs $150 and will allow Ban “to see clearly out of his left eye again” and fully regain his sight.
CSC continues, “Ban wants to see everything clearly again so he can find a job to earn money to support his family, easily go to the pagoda, and go places by himself.”