Ban is a 40-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He and his wife work in the fields together. They have two sons. In his free time, he enjoys watching Khmer dramas and boxing matches on TV.
Five months ago, Ban developed a pterygium in his right eye, causing him irritation, 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. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.
When Ban learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three-and-a-half hours seeking treatment. Ban 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 his procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for May 8th.
Ban’s wife said, “My husband works so hard everyday. I hope that he will be able to see everything clearly and he can go back to working in the fields with me again.”