Kunthea is a 58-year-old rice farmer, living in Kompong Cham province in Cambodia. She is single, and has two brothers and two sisters. Because her parents have passed away, she lives with her youngest sister, who is also a rice farmer.
Two years ago, Kunthea developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her to experience headaches, tearing, and blurry vision. As a result of the cataract, Kunthea’s ability to work has been compromised, as it is difficult for her to see in bright or dim light. She stays inside most of the time, and is lonely and isolated.
When Kunthea learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours to seek treatment. On July 13th, doctors at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre will perform small incision cataract surgery, and implant an intraocular lens in her left eye. After she has recovered, Kunthea will be able to resume working and going out to socialize. Now she needs your help to fund this $253 procedure.
Kunthea said: “I hope that after surgery my eyesight will improve so I can easily go out, recognize things, go back to growing rice, and help my sister take care of her children.”