Oem is a 70-year-old rice farmer. He and his wife have two daughters, two sons, and three grandchildren. All of his children work as farmers. Due to his age and poor vision, he is unable to go outside much anymore, so he stays at home and takes care of his grandchildren. When he has time, he likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio or listen to the news.
One year ago, Oem developed a cataract in his left eye causing him sensitivity to light and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.
When Oem learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for an hour and a half seeking treatment. On September 20th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.
Oem shared, “I hope I can see clearly again. I can go to the rice field to help my wife, and I can plant some vegetables and raise some chickens for sale to support my family.”