Hot is a 55-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one son, three daughters, and five grandchildren. She and her husband practice rice farming and live with their two daughters, who are students. In her free time, Hot likes to watch the news and movies on TV.
About seven years ago, Hot developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and photophobia. 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, Hot has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going outside.
When Hot learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for six and a half hours seeking treatment. Hot will undergo surgery on February 7th to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of this procedure is $225, which covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days.
Hot said, “I hope I will no longer have eye irritation, tearing, or redness after surgery. I want to be able to go outside and see well to plant rice and vegetables.”