Ratha is a 41-year-old taxi driver. His wife is a Khmer noodle seller, and they have three school-age children. When Ratha isn’t working or spending time with his family, he likes to play volleyball and listen to the news on the radio.
Four years ago, Ratha developed a non-cancerous growth called a pterygium in his left eye. The growths occur when the eye is exposed to excessive sun damage and cells grow abnormally over the pupil. The condition caused irritation and burning in Ratha’s eye. It also made it difficult for him to see things clearly, recognize faces, work, and go anywhere outside.
When Ratha learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. Ratha needs surgery to remove the abnormal growth on his eye and add a graft to keep the condition from coming back. The total cost of his procedure is $225. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for April 22nd.
Ratha says, “I hope after surgery my eye irritation stops and I feel comfortable. I want to drive my car with confidence and safety.”