Nhor is a rice farmer from Cambodia. He has a son, two daughters, and three grandchildren. He likes to watch boxing matches and social programs on TV.
One year ago, Nhor developed a pterygium in his left eye, causing him blurred vision, burning, and irritation. 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. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.
When Nhor learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three 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 his procedure is $201. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for June 11.
He says,"I hope my vision is improved, with no more pterygium, and that my eye looks better. I want to continue my work at the farm, also work as a carpenter for extra money to support my family. I also hope I can go anywhere outside on my own again."