Vanthan is a 69-year-old widow from Cambodia. She has one daughter and four grandchildren. Her husband disappeared during the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s, so she lives with her daughter and grandchildren. Her daughter works in a local garment factory. Previously, Vanthan sold rice at the local market but had to stop work due to her poor eyesight.
Three years ago, Vanthan developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her tearing, photophobia, 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 out on her own.
When Vanthan learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On February 7th, 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.
Vanthan said: “After surgery, I hope my eye will see clearly. I want to take care of my grandchildren and be able to join ceremonies at the village pagoda.”