Sim is a 57-year-old rice and potato farmer from Cambodia. She is married and has two daughters, three sons, and five grandchildren. Sim currently lives with her husband and her oldest daughter, who are also farmers. After a long day outside, she enjoys visiting the village pagoda with her family.
Five years ago, Sim started experiencing itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision in her right eye. Her condition was caused by a pterygium, a type of non-cancerous growth in the eye that occurs when the mucous layer of the eye, the conjunctiva, is exposed to excessive sun damage. Now, Sim has difficulty seeing clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.
Thankfully, our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), can help. When Sim learned about CSC, she traveled for five and a half hours seeking treatment. To treat her pterygium, Sim needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurring symptoms. Sim is scheduled for surgery on June 6th at CSC’s care center. The total cost of her procedure is $225, which covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. Now, Sim needs your help to raise the funds for her surgery.
Sim said, “I hope after surgery I can see better to plant rice well, and I can help to feed my family.”