Ke is a 60-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four children, five grandchildren, and enjoys watching Khmer movies on television in her free time.
Four years ago, Ke developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her tearing, blurry vision, and photophobia. 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 Ke learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. Ke 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 November 6th.
Ke said, “I hope that I will be able to see clearly again so I can return to my work planting rice and potatoes on the farm”