Than is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two daughters and one son. She enjoys watching Khmer dramas in her free time.
One year ago, Than developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her blurred vision and irritation. 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 Than learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. Than 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 $201. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for June 11.
She says, “I want to continue to plant rice and be able to cook and take care of my kids.”