Mai Yas is fruit seller from Kampot province. She is a 60-year-old widow and has one son, three daughters, and five grandchildren. She lives with her youngest son who sells fruit at the local market. When she is not taking care of her grandchildren, she likes to go to the mosque.
Three years ago, Mai Yas developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She is often lonely when she is the only person in the house and misses her independence. 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.
Upon discovering our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, Mai Yas embarked on a three-hour journey to seek treatment. On June 6th, a team of doctors will conduct a small incision cataract surgery and implant an intraocular lens in her left eye. Upon recuperation, her vision will be significantly improved. However, she currently requires financial support to cover the cost of this $253 procedure.
She said: “I hope after surgery I can see better, go out by myself, and do housework well.”