Sokhoeun is a 57-year-old grandmother of 16 grandchildren. She lives with her husband, four sons, three daughters, and 16 grandchildren in Kandal province of Cambodia. To help provide for her family she works in the rice fields. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio at home or playing with her grandchildren.
About two years ago, Sokhoeun developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces. Due to her failing eyesight, she is worried about falling when walking, so chooses not to venture out on her own.
When Sokhoeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for over four hours to seek treatment. The surgeons at CSC created a treatment plan for Sokhoeun to fix her eyesight. On April 24th, surgeons will perform cataract surgery, and implant an intraocular lens in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $253 to fund this procedure.
She said, “I hope after surgery I can see well to plant vegetables around my house, help my daughter with housework, and take care of my grandchildren.”