Sor is a mother of three from Cambodia with three daughters and four grandchildren. Sor runs a small grocery shop at her home with her daughter. She lives with her eldest daughter since her husband passed away last year and shared that she enjoys listening to news on the radio.
Ten years ago, Sor developed a pterygium in left, causing her irritation, itching, 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 Sor learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for one hour by tuk tuk with her brother seeking treatment. Sor 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 November 23th.
Sor said, “I hope my eye improves so I can help my daughter more at home with our business.”