Oun is a 54-year-old fruit seller from Cambodia. She has five children, three grandchildren, and enjoys watching Khmer dramas on television in her spare time.
Six years ago, Oun developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her irritation, redness, tearing, and blurry vision. 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 Oun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. Oun 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 December 10th.
“I hope that the tearing in my eyes will stop and I will be able to return to my work selling fruit at the market,” she shared.