Som Oeun is a 64-year-old rice farmer, who has one daughter, four sons, and two grandchildren. She lives with her disabled husband and her youngest daughter who is a construction worker. At home, she enjoys listening to monks pray on the radio and playing with her grandchildren.
One year ago, Som Oeun developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her light sensitivity, tearing, and blurry vision. 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 Som Oeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On October 17th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery which will break up the cataract with ultrasound, irrigate the eye, and remove the cataract through suction. Then they will implant a new lens in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $253 procedure.
Som Oeun said, “I hope after surgery my vision can improve so I can help my daughter do housework and I can look after myself and my husband.”