Sovann is a quiet, reserved young boy. Sovann’s eyes looked different than those of his siblings. They were cloudy and unable to focus. It became apparent as he grew that he was unable to see. His parents believed that bad karma had visited the family and in the village, Sovann was known as an ‘unlucky’ boy.
Adding to their struggles, his father became ill and died, leaving his mother to care and support five other children in addition to the needs of a child with disabilities.
Our Safe Haven team brought Sovann to see an ophthalmologist at Angkor Hospital for Children. After his examination, we discovered that Sovann had congenital cataracts and the prognosis for him was very promising, as they are easily treatable, even in Cambodia.
Sovann had surgery to remove the cataracts and his ophthalmologist feels confident Sovann will regain full eyesight in both eyes. The young boy, whose vision problems have been worsening since birth, is now able to see the world in a whole new way. Safe Haven Medical Outreach provided the resources for Sovann to have his surgery and provided post-operative follow up care at his home in the village and to make sure he attended follow up appointments. Safe Haven provided a bicycle and uniform, and Sovann was happily able to start school for the first time in his young life. AHC also provided the proper glasses needed to strengthen his vision.
Sovann has been discharged from Safe Haven as a result of the success of this intervention.