Dola is a 40-year-old mother of three from Cambodia. She enjoys taking care of her children and playing games on her phone in her free time.
Seven years ago, Dola developed a pterygium in right, causing her pain, tearing, and irritation. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.
When Dola learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for seven and a half hours seeking treatment. Dola needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $201. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for October 02.
“I hope that the irritation will stop and I will have no problem seeing and taking care of my children.”