Soklang is a mother of two from Cambodia. In her free time, she likes to watch Korean dramas on television.
Three years ago, Soklang developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her irritation, itchiness, 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 Soklang learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for a half hour seeking treatment. Soklang 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 April 30.
She says, “I hope that after surgery, I will look and feel better than before, and I will be able to see clearly.”