Savat is a 73-year-old grandmother from Cambodia. She has two daughters, three sons, and 18 grandchildren. She lives with her husband and their eldest daughter, who is a grocery seller. One of her favorite ways to spend time is listening to monks pray on the radio.
Four years ago, Savat developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her to experience eye tearing, irritation, and burning. 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 Savat learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for one hour seeking treatment. Savat 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 treatment, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for July 20th.
Savat says, “I hope after surgery my eye can see better and I can easily go outside and feel comfortable.”