Kong is a 76-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia. She and her husband have a big family, with thirteen children (eight sons and five daughters) and thirty grandchildren. All of their children work as farmers, and, now that they are grown, they help support Kong and her husband. In her free time, Kong shared that she enjoys visiting the local village pagoda to pray.
About a year ago, Kong developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her to experience itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. As a result, she has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so she cannot go places on her own.
When Kong learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On June 22nd, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $253 to fund this procedure. Kong contributed $100 to her care.
Kong said, “I hope I can do more after surgery. I want to be able to go to the pagoda on my own again and visit with my friends in the village without being scared of falling.”