Ron is a 60-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Ron is married with five sons, one daughter, and 10 grandchildren. She lives with her husband and her son who are also rice farmers.
She enjoys watching Khmer dramas on TV. This is getting more difficult as about ten years ago, Ron developed a pterygium in her left eye, which is causing her burning, 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.
When Ron learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours with her son seeking treatment. Ron 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 $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for September 28.
Ron shared, “I hope my surgery to remove the pterygium from my eye is successful so I can feel comfortable again with my eye and my appearance.”