Troeng is a 64-year-old corn farmer from Cambodia. He lives in Kandal province with his wife, who is also a corn farmer. Together, they have six children and ten grandchildren. One of their daughters still lives at home and helps support the family by selling groceries at a market stall. In his free time, Troeng likes to spend time with his grandchildren and watch the news.
Ten years ago, Troeng developed a pterygium in his left eye, causing him to experience itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. 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. As a result of this condition, Troeng has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going outside.
When Troeng learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for an hour seeking treatment. On May 29th, Troeng will undergo a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent a recurrence. The total cost of this procedure is $225, which covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. Troeng contributed $100 to his care.
Troeng shared, “After surgery, I hope my eye will be better so I won’t worry about it anymore. I can go to work and see more clearly.”