Hong is a 29-year-old farmer who recently got married. He and his wife work together, and when he is not working, he likes to cook and ride his motorbike. He also likes to listen to music and watch boxing on his phone.
Two years ago, Hong developed a pterygium in his right eye, causing him severe irritation, 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. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.
When Hong learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for two hours along with his wife seeking treatment. Hong 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 May 17th.
Hong shared, “I hope that my eye can feel comfortable again, and that I can work easily without always being bothered by the pain and tearing coming from my eye.”