Leng is a 42-year-old father of three from Cambodia. He is a construction worker with one son and two daughters who are all in school. In his free time, Leng likes listening to news on the radio.
Five years ago, Leng developed a pterygium in left, causing him blurry vision, tearing, redness, and discomfort with his appearance. 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 Leng learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for eight hours with his father seeking treatment. Leng 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 December 7th.
Leng said, “I want my eye to get well soon so I can go to work to earn money to support my children in their schooling.”