Chean is a mother of four from Cambodia. She has one son and three daughters. She is a housewife. She likes to spend time with her neighbors.
Ten years ago, Chean developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, itchiness, burning, tearing, and photophobia. 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 Chean learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. Chean 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 $201. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for December 3.
She says, “I hope my surgery is successful so my vision is clear and I can go outside on my own again.”