Tean is a 33-year-old garment factory worker. She is married with a son and a daughter, and her husband is a security guard. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the factory where she was employed has been closed for over three months. It has been difficult to find other work, but she has enjoyed being able to spend more time with her children. She loves reading stories to them, as well as going for walks by herself and listening to music.
Three years ago, Tean developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her severe irritation, occasional pain, 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 Tean learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for six hours with her sister seeking treatment. Tean 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 which covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for May 14th.
Tean shared, “I am happy I can get this surgery, and I hope that I will not have eye pain or irritation anymore. When my factory opens again I will be able to work easily and enjoy my time with my family.”