Yeng is a 68-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two children and two grandchildren, and in her free time she enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio.
Three years ago, Yeng developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her irritation and blurry vision. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.
When Yeng learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. Yeng 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.
Yeng shared, “I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to help out around the house and take care of my grandchildren.”