Im is a 62-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Im is married and has one son and five daughters. She lives with her youngest daughter. Im enjoys spending time with her family and listening to the monks pray on the radio.
Six years ago, Im developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her discomfort, tearing, redness, 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 Im learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. Im 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 $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for June 1st.
Im said, “I hope my eye feels better after surgery so I can easily do my work and not have so much itchiness.”