Phos is a loving grandmother from Phnom Penh. She is 71 years old and has four sons, four daughters, and 24 grandchildren. Since her husband passed away many years ago, she has lived alone and her grandchildren support her. When she is not cooking for her family and has free time, she likes to go to the temple or listen to the radio.
One year ago, Phos developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her 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. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.
When Phos learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled there hoping for treatment. Phos needs 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 her procedure is $225. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for October 24th.
Phos says, “I hope after surgery I can see a lot better and take care of myself well.”