Ngoun is a 43-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two sons, and enjoys watching Khmer dramas on television in her free time.
Ten years ago, Ngoun developed a pterygium in both eyes, causing her blurry vision, irritation, and tearing. 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 Ngoun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. Ngoun 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 January 13th.
“I hope that the irritation in my eyes will go away and I will be able to see better and go back to planting rice and crops again,” she shared.