Savan is a 69-year-old retired rice farmer from Takeo province, Cambodia. She is single and has two older brothers and two older sisters. She used to live with her brother, who recently passed away, and now lives with a nephew who is a rice farmer and supports her living. At home, she cooks for the family, listens to the monks pray on the radio, and takes care of her grandnieces and grandnephews.
About two years ago, Savan developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She can no longer walk to her local pagoda for prayers and feels lonely at home. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so she is not able to go places on her own.
When Savan learned about our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On August 8th, doctors at CSC’s care center will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Savan is able to contribute $50 to the cost of the surgery and is asking for help to raise the remaining $253 to fully fund the procedure.
Savan said, “I hope after surgery, I can easily go out and recognize the faces of my family.”