Chim is a 58-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He lives with his wife and two school-aged children. His wife works with him planting rice. When he is not working, he will walk with his kids to school and does housework. He also loves to watch boxing on TV.
Eight years ago, Chim developed a pterygium in left eye, causing him discomfort, 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. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.
When Chim learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two-and-a-half hours by taxi seeking treatment. Chim 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 July 6th.
Chim shared, "I hope after surgery I will see well and my family won't have to worry about my eye anymore. I want to continue my work and do everything to support my family."