Phan is a mother of three from Cambodia. She is a rice farmer and enjoys relaxing at home while listening to the radio when she has free time.
About nine months ago, Phan developed a pterygium in both eyes, causing her itchiness 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. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.
When Phan learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. Phan 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 $201. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for January 15.
She says, “I hope I can help my eye and continue my work.”