Nhor is a 70-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She and her husband, who is also a farmer, have two daughters and nine beautiful grandchildren. During her free time, Nhor enjoys listening to monks pray on the radio.
Two years ago, Nhor developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her to experience eye tearing, burning, and itchiness. 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 traveling outside.
When Nhor learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. Nhor 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 $225. This covers supplies, treatment, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 2nd.
Nhor says, “I hope after surgery my eye can see better so I can go out and recognize things well.”