Sarat is a 61-year-old rice farmer with two daughters, four sons, and 10 grandchildren. Sarat lives with her youngest son who is a garment worker. Sarat’s husband passed away five years ago from lung cancer. Now, she stays at home and helps her son with cooking and caring for her grandchildren. Sarat likes to listen to the monks on the radio.
Four years ago, Sarat developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia (sensitivity to light), and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.
When Sarat learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours hours to seek treatment. On August 9th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. However, Sarat needs help to fund this $229 procedure.
Sarat said, “I hope after surgery my eye can see clearly so I can recognize people, go outside on my own, and take good care of my grandchildren.”