May 3, 2022
Minh is a 57-year-old construction worker. He is married and has one daughter, two sons, and two grandchildren. Minh lives with his wife who is a pillow seller to help support their family. Minh likes to listen to the news on the radio and watch TV.
Two years ago, Minh developed a pterygium in his left eye, causing him itchiness 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. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.
Luckily, our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help Minh by performing 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 his procedure is $225. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for May 3rd.
Minh says, “I hope after surgery my eye feels comfortable so I can return to my work.”
Minh is a 57-year-old construction worker. He is married and has one daughter, two sons, and two grandchildren. Minh lives with his wife who...
October 16, 2022
Minh underwent eye surgery to help him see clearly and return to work.
Construction work is hard for an older man in Cambodia and even harder when his vision is poor. Minh was afraid he would have to stop working which would be financially hard on his family. When he heard about the free surgery at Children’s Surgical Centre, he was anxious to see if the doctors could help him. He underwent surgery and his eye should be completely healed within a month. This will allow him to return to work and continue to support his family.
Minh said: “I am very grateful. I was so worried because I could not see well outside and my eye looked bad. Now I hope to return to work so that I can feed my family. I want to thank everyone who paid for my operation and for the wonderful staff who took care of me.”
Construction work is hard for an older man in Cambodia and even harder when his vision is poor. Minh was afraid he would have to stop workin...