Mao is a 55-year-old grandmother who lives with her husband in Kampong Thom province, Cambodia. They have one son, two daughters, and three grandchildren. Mao and her husband are rice farmers, and their children and grandchildren live nearby. In her free time, she likes playing with her grandchildren and going to the pagoda to pray.
Three year ago, Mao developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her photophobia, itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so she is not able to go places on her own.
When Mao learned about our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled 3 hours seeking treatment. On August 7th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Mao is able to contribute $25 towards the cost of the cataract surgery and is asking for help to raise the remaining $253 to fully fund procedure.
She shared, “I want to be able to work more and feel like I can do things on my own.”