Kean is a 65-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has five sons, three daughters, and ten grandchildren. He goes to the rice field sometimes, usually drives his motorbike to take his grandchildren to school, and enjoys listen to the news on the radio.
Five years ago, Kean developed a pterygium in his right eye, causing him blurry vision, difficult to recognize things clearly, and now he cannot drive his motorbike. 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 Kean learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled to the hospital seeking treatment. Kean 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 $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for April 21st.
“I hope that after surgery, I can drive my motorbike to take my grandchildren to school again, and go outside myself,” Kean said.