Yan is a 60-year-old grandmother who is married with two sons, six daughters, and many grandchildren. Yan worked on a rice plantation for many years, but now she does not work due to her vision. She stays at home and looks after her grandchildren. Yan enjoys listening to the monks preach on the radio.
Six years ago, Yan developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her tearing, irritation, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. 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.
When Yan learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled across the country for seven hours seeking treatment. Yan 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 February 15th.
Yan shared, “after surgery I hope my eye gets better so I can go to the rice field and help my husband.”