Bos is a 65-year-old retired rice farmer. She lives in Kompong Cham province in Cambodia and has one sister and one daughter. She lives alone near her sister’s house and is supported by her daughter, who works on a nearby farm.
About three years ago, Bos developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growth occurs when the conjunctiva is damaged by excessive exposure to the sun, causing abnormal cells to grow over the pupil. This condition impairs Bos’ ability to see and function independently.
Bos sought care from our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre. She will need surgery to remove the pterygium, and to receive a conjunctival graft, which should prevent a recurrence. Her procedure is scheduled to take place on January 31st at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. Now Bos needs your help to fund the $225 to cover the cost of the procedure.
Bos said: “I hope after surgery my eye can feel better and I don’t have to worry anymore.”