Ouy is a 23-year-old foodseller from Cambodia who sells food and drinks from his mobile cafe. He lives with his parents who operate a grocery stand. He is the youngest of five siblings. In his free time, Ouy loves to play volleyball with his friends.
One year ago, Ouy developed a pterygium in his right eye, causing him severe irritation and tearing. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. As a result, Ouy has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.
When Ouy learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled there with his mother seeking treatment. Ouy needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal growth from his eye 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 June 15th.
Ouy said, “My eye problem has made it hard to work for a while, and I can’t play volleyball, so I hope I can see better and feel better after this surgery. I want to work and play volleyball easily.”