Manh is a 37-year-old construction worker. He is married and lives with his wife, who also works in construction. Manh enjoys watching Khmer boxing and hopes to be more active again once his eye is better.
Four years ago, Manh developed a pterygium in his right eye, causing him irritation, itchiness, and discomfort with his appearance. 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, working, and going places outside.
When Manh learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On November 8th, he will undergo 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, which will cover medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days.
Manh shared, “I hope after surgery my eye irritation stops so I can go to work easily and not worry about my eye anymore.”