Ren is a 30-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has two children, one son and a daughter, and enjoys playing volleyball when he has free time.
Five years ago, Ren developed a pterygium in his right eye, causing him irritation and burning. 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. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.
When Ren learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. Ren 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 his procedure is $201. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for December 12th.
“I hope that my son’s eye irritation and tearing will go away and he will be able to return to his work at the rice fields and can continue supporting his family,” shared Ren’s mother.