Suon is a 55-year-old mother of three from Cambodia, and she has a son and two daughters. She and her husband are both rice farmers. When she has free time, she likes to watch Khmer movies and listen to the news on the radio.
One year ago, Suon developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her eye to produce excess tears and itch. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths that occur when the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye, is exposed to excessive sun damage and cells begin to grow abnormally over the pupil. Now, Suon stays at home because she does not feel comfortable leaving the house with her eye problem.
When Suon learned about our Medical Partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled there with her daughter to seek treatment. On March 3rd, Suon will undergo surgery 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, and will cover medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days.
Suon shared with us, “I hope after surgery my eye will look better, I will be able to go back to the rice field without worrying about my eye.”