Phoem is an elderly widow from Kompong Speu province in Cambodia. She is a retired rice farmer with one daughter, three sons, and nine grandchildren. She lives alone in a small house near her oldest son, and loves spending time with her family, and watching Cambodian soap operas.
About one year ago, Phoem developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her to experience itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, and is uncomfortable going out on her own, due to her impaired vision.
When Phoem learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On August 7th, doctors at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre will perform small incision cataract surgery, and implant an intraocular lens in her right eye. After she has recovered, Phoem will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs your help to fund this $253 procedure.
Phoem shared: “I want to be able to take better care of myself and be able to plant vegetables around my house without my eye causing problems.”
Phoem is an elderly widow from Kompong Speu province in Cambodia. She is a retired rice farmer with one daughter, three sons, and nine grand...
Phoem underwent cataract surgery.
The fact that Phoem lives alone made it difficult for her to keep her house clean or go outside to socialize with neighbors or family. This can cause depression and other health problems. She was happy to take the advice of a village neighbor for surgery and was overjoyed when she was able to open her eye and see the improvement already. She rested for a few days at her son’s home and instilled eye drops eight times daily to aid in healing. Her eyesight will slowly improve over the next few weeks. Phoem will now feel more confident outside in the sun or in low light. Her life will be better because she has newfound independence.
Phoem’s son said: “thank you to the people who helped support my mother to have this surgery. She is much happier with her life now that she can see well again. Her grandchildren and children look forward to her visits. I don’t have to worry about her safety anymore.”
The fact that Phoem lives alone made it difficult for her to keep her house clean or go outside to socialize with neighbors or family. This ...