Mongkol is a 3-year-old boy - the youngest child in his family with two older siblings - one sister and one brother. He lives in Kampong Cham province with his parents who are both rice farmers. At home, he likes to play with toy cars, keep up with his older siblings, and eat bananas.
Mongkol has strabismus in both eyes, a condition he was born with, although older children can develop it too. Strabismus is a misalignment of the eye caused by injury or dysfunction in the associated nerves and muscles. It is difficult for him to see well. This is because his eyes don’t focus together on the same object and each eye sends a different picture to the brain.
Mongkol traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On March 3rd, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to align his eyes. Now, Mongkol needs help to raise $331 to fund this procedure.
His parents shared: “We hope after surgery Mongol’s eyes look like other children’s eyes and he can see better when he goes to school. We do not want children to make fun of him.”