Samoeun is a 63-year-old retired rice farmer. She comes from Kampong Thom province in Cambodia, which is known for its ancient temples and pagodas. She is married and has three sons, one daughter, and nine grandchildren. She and her husband live with their daughter who now manages the family rice paddies. Because her vision is so poor, she stays in her home and listens to monks pray on the radio.
About a year ago, Samoeun developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision. She cannot cook because it is hard for her to turn on the stove and she worries about hurting herself or her family.
When Samoeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On December 7th, doctors will perform small incision cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $253 procedure.
Samoeun shared: “I hope after surgery I can see better and help my daughter to take care of my grandchildren. I feel useless staying inside my home and would like to be more useful.”