Himalayan Cataract Project
This never gets old. This was a patient during one of our surgical campaigns in Ethiopia. Leading her into and out of the operating room showed us that she had accepted her fate and came to terms with the fact that she might live out the rest of her days blind. Despite her saying “I’m fine”, it was clear that she was not. But she is now, thanks to the amazing group of individuals at Quiha Hospital and the support of the Himalayan Cataract Project. Continuing down the line of patients, I could see her through the corner of my eye slowly continuing to bow and back forth as she whispered “five…I saw five fingers”. The end of the video shows a fraction of our patients who had surgery and can finally see well again, ululating out of joy. The book, Second Suns, is written about the Himalayan Cataract Project and described the moment perfectly: “Her cry was contagious. As the doctors moved down the line, dozens of other women who’d regained their sight stood and added their voices to the trilling chorus. Sometime in my life I may hear a sound that expresses joy more purely. But I can’t imagine when.” There are millions of our fellow human beings like her out there waiting for their chance to see again. Please help spread awareness and contribute to this amazing cause.