Chreb is a 56-year-old cleaner from Cambodia. Chreb lives with her husband, two sons, two daughters, and four grandchildren. Her husband works as a security guard. Chreb likes to watch the news and Khmer dramas on TV.
Ten years ago, Chreb developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. 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 Chreb learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. Chreb 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 April 20th.
Chreb’s daughter says, “I worry about my mom and I hope her eye gets better after surgery so she can have freedom again.”