Bran is an 83-year-old grandmother with two daughters, four sons, and ten grandchildren. Bran is a widow; her husband died in the Khmer Rouge regime. Nowadays, she lives with her daughter, who is a grocery seller, and her grandchildren. Bran used to help her daughter sell things from their home, but since it has become increasingly hard for her to see, she mostly stays inside and listens to monks preaching on the radio.
Three years ago, Bran developed a cataract in her left eye eye, causing her dim, blurry vision, poor night vision, and sensitivity to light and glare. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.
When Bran learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled across the country for eight hours with her granddaughter seeking treatment. On February 2nd, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her left eye eye. After recovery, Bran will be able to see clearly again. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.
Bran shared, “I hope after surgery that I can see better and be able to recognize people and my family. I hope I will feel better about myself and be able to help my daughter to sell groceries again.”