Lang is a farmer in her early 60s from Cambodia. She is married and has two daughters, five sons, and many grandchildren. Lang and her husband are rice farmers. Lang enjoys listening to the monks pray at the pagoda or on the radio.
Two years ago, Lang developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her itching, discomfort, 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 outside independently.
When Lang learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours with her husband seeking treatment. Lang 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 19th.
Lang said, “the comfort and health of my eye is precious to me. I hope to be able to return to helping care for and support my family after surgery.”