“Ly is married with seven children and ten grandchildren. She spends her days cooking food for the monks and cleaning up around her local pagoda,” shares our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC).
Ly is an 82-year-old woman from Cambodia. She has hypermature cataracts in both eyes. Cataracts are a clouding of the internal lens in the eye. They are common among the elderly and can cause functional blindness if left untreated. CSC tells us, “Ly can’t see anything out of her left eye. If she has to go outside she has to bother someone in her family to hold her hand.”
$225 will fund the cataract surgery Ly needs to correct her vision. The procedure involves removing the affected lens and replacing it with a clear artificial lens.
CSC reports, “Ly will be able to see clearly from her left eye and can return to have surgery on the right eye in one to two weeks.”
CSC says, “Ly is looking forward to going back to the pagoda, taking care of her grandchildren and getting some of her independence back.”