Choeun is a 41-year-old construction worker. His wife and two sons also work in the same profession. Choeun enjoys watching the news on TV and looking at Facebook on his phone.
Three years ago, Choeun developed a pterygium in his right eye, causing him itchiness and tearing. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye, and occur due to excessive sun damage. Due to the abnormal growth, Choeun has difficulty seeing things clearly and working.
When Choeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for two hours with his wife seeking treatment. Choeun needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva and prevent recurrence. The total cost of his procedure is $216, which will cover medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for June 17th.
Choeun expressed his hopes for the future: “I hope after surgery my eye feels comfortable so I can work well and go anywhere on my own.”