Saroeung is a 63-year old farmer. She lives with her husband who is a cattle farmer. They have two sons, two daughters, and five grandchildren. They live with their youngest son who drives a motor-taxi. Now, Saroeung stays home and likes to listen to monks pray on the radio.
Several years ago, Saroeung developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her diminished vision, itching, and tearing. 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 Saroeung learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. Saroeung 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 November 26th.
Saroeung says, “I hope after surgery my eye will feel better, I can go outside on my own again, and will be able to take care of my grandchildren better.”