Phanny is a 55-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. She has seven children, six grandchildren, and enjoys watching Khmer dramas on television in his free time.
Five years ago, Phanny developed a pterygium in right, causing her 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 Phanny learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. Phanny 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 September 30.
Phanny says, “I hope that after my surgery, I am able to see clearly and can return to my work in construction.”