Mao is a 60 year-old grandmother. She has two sons, two daughters, and fourteen grandchildren. Sadly, her husband passed away from lung cancer four years ago, and Mao has since moved in with her youngest daughter. She is mostly retired, but still takes care of cows in fields near her house. Her daughter and son-in-law help support her by working in construction, while Mao helps look after her grandchildren and does most of the cooking for their family.
Around one year ago, Mao developed a cataract in her right eye-a clouding of the lens of the eye. This causes Mao to have blurry vision and difficulty keeping her balance. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so is not able to go places on her own.
When Mao learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On September 6, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $253 procedure.
She shared: “I hope I can see my family more clearly and be more useful around our house.”