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Mushtaq - After his surgery
Mushtaq - After his surgery

At LRBT we strongly believe that” Life’s richest blessings come not in receiving, but in giving”. Meet Muhammad Mushtaq, our lucky 19 millionth patient whose life has been transformed by the sight restoration surgery performed free of all charges by LRBT

Muhammad Mushtaq lives in slums of Malir with his 5 children and his sister who looks after the children and the home since the death of his wife many years ago. For Mushtaq . a day laborer, life was a hand to mouth existence. There were days when he could not find work and trouble was often “just around the corner.” At the age of 50, he started to lose his vision and this affected his work. A few weeks ago, one afternoon, Mushtaq was at work when his supervisor pointed towards a piece of iron and asked him to get it. Mushtaq could not see the iron his supervisor was pointing to. His supervisor scolded Mushtaq for not following his orders. Mushtaq shamefacedly admitted that he “couldn’t see.” The supervisor who was a hard nosed man sacked him on the spot.

As Mushtaq was leaving the site a co-worker came to ask him why the supervisor was angry. With tearful eyes Mushtaq told him that his vision had been deteriorating for the past several years and he had hidden it from everybody for fear of losing his only source of livelihood. He had no money to get himself treated and was the only breadwinner for the family. Listening to the sad story his friend decided to help him and took him to a free eye clinic in Surjani town that he knew about. There, an LRBT team consisting of a doctor and a paramedic examined his eyes and sent Mushtaq to LRBT Free Eye Hospital in Korangi Karachi for possible surgery.

Mushtaq underwent detailed examination and was diagnosed with cataract. In view of his circumstances he was given a date for surgery in the very next week. Mushtaq described his feelings when the doctor opened his bandage, “My world was brighter than I could ever imagine. I can work again & feed my family”.

On his follow-up visit to LRBT Korangi he reminisced, “God in his infinite mercy had given me a new life. If my friend had not cared about my plight and if LRBT hadn’t extended free surgery & treatment I would have been reduced to the life of a beggar. Now I can stand on my own feet & earn enough to look after my family”. LRBT has saved my dignity and I will pray for the donors and staff of the hospital till the day I die

Mushtaq - Being examined at LRBT
Mushtaq - Being examined at LRBT

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Altaf - waiting for treatment
Altaf - waiting for treatment

CHANGING LIVES - OUR 20 MILLIONTH PATIENT 

Little Altaf can also now fulfill his dreams

10 years old Altaf Hussain visited LRBT hospital with his mother and aunt holding his hands, bringing him to the pediatric ward of LRBT Korangi hospital for a follow up visit. 

Altaf by birth had very weak vision and whiteness in his eyes and his parents took him to various government hospitals where the doctors diagnosed cataract. He required immediate surgery but his father Mohammad Amin was a worker at a local estate agency earning Rs. 6000/ month and could not afford to pay Rs. 30,000/-for his surgery as he had to support four more of his children.

Despite being visually impaired Altaf continued to study in a government school close to his house though he couldn’t score high grades. His teachers were very cooperative and helped him in all possible ways. But by the time he reached class 3 he had almost turned blind. He was dropped out and his parents were advised to enroll him into a school for the blind. The desperate parents asked a few relatives for financial help so that they could get their son treated but none came forward.. Altaf was in a worse state as he really wanted to study but he felt his dreams were shattering.

Finally something happened that changed his life forever. A relative came to visit them and seeing his condition told his parents about a free eye hospital in Korangi Karachi. Altaf was delighted to hear the news and immediately went with his parents to LRBT hospital. After thorough examination he was given date for surgery. Upon arriving on the given date his surgery was performed for one eye and the other eye was operated a week later.

Upon his follow up visit to LRBT, Altaf was very excited to be able to see again. Cheerfully he exclaimed; “I have experienced many problems throughout my studies but now will be on the same track as my class fellows. Now I can pursue my goals and fulfill my dreams and the credit goes to the doctors and staff of this hospital who were very kind and compassionate to me throughout”

Being examined
Being examined
Smiling after a successful surgery
Smiling after a successful surgery

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Bushra Back to her salon after vision is restored
Bushra Back to her salon after vision is restored

LRBT's 18 Millionth Patient  - Bushra Wahabuddin

Each person facing vision loss has a unique and compelling story to tell. Bushra is a 20 year old girl, youngest of her 8 siblings. She was very young when her mother became ill and was

often in and out of hospital. Her father who ran a small carpentry shop also kept poor health. Her parent’s illness meant that most of the income was spent towards hospitals fees. Consequently, Bushra was forced to drop out of school when she was very young. Sometime later, both her parents passed away. At that time 6 of her brothers and sisters were married. Bushra started to live with her unmarried sister and since she did not have any formal education and her elder brothers were doing casual jobs, Bushra began looking for a job as a housemaid.  

Luckily she found one in a beauty parlour and through hard work and a desire to succeed; she soon opened up a small salon at her residence in Korangi 2 1/2, earning approximately Rs. 4000 every month.

Bushra was struggling hard and was determined to grow and do well in her profession, but after sometime she realized that her vision had begun to deteriorate and this was beginning to affect service to her clients. Due to paucity of funds, she tried several local remedies but in vain. She was disheartened as all her dreams were shattering one by one and she could not do anything about it. She asked her siblings for help but no one came forward as they too could not afford to get her treated.  Bushra finally closed down her parlour as she had almost lost her vision and the future seemed hopeless. She felt helpless and there were days when  there was barely enough food in the house. She had become totally dependent upon her siblings for virtually everything in life.

 A year later, hope flickered once again: A former colleague of her father came to tell her that she could get her eyes treated in a free eye hospital near by. She immediately went to LRBT Free Eye Hospitalin Korangi and after a thorough examination; she was diagnosed with Cataract in both her eyes. Her surgery was performed the very next week that not only give back her eye sight but also restored her livelihood. Bushra has restarted t her small salon and was once again able to support herself. 

Bushra says:

“LRBT has made a significant difference in my life.  It has transformed me
 from being a burden on my family to a beautician who aspires to become
 a true professional and provide excellent services to her clients.
 I am deeply thankful to God along with all the doctors, the
 staff and the donors for giving me back my lost vision.”

 

Bushra being treated in LRBT Hospital in Karachi.
Bushra being treated in LRBT Hospital in Karachi.

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Lucky Bushra Wahab-LRBT
Lucky Bushra Wahab-LRBT's 18 Millionth patient

We are thankful to all the donors and Global Giving staff for giving the gift of Sight to 70 poor & blind people of Pakistan by sponsoring their Sight Restoration Cataract Surgeries. The sad fact is that there are 18.7 million more blind / visually impaired people in the country and the task is huge! LRBT is fighting blindness in the country for past 24 years and to date we have treated over 19 million people and performed over 2 million Sight Restoration Surgeries and it is totally FREE. LRBT has a network of 16 hospitals and 44 Community Eye Health Centres all over the country and they are spread in a manner to ensure that no Pakistani is a 2 hour bus ride away from an LRBT facility,

LRBT’s achievements are only due to the help we receive from socially concerned people like you. Your contribution will help in restoring the sight of the poor and needy people in our fight against preventable blindness making them productive members of the community.

 LRBT's 18 Millionth Patient - Bushra Wahabuddin

 Each person facing vision loss has a unique and compelling story to tell. Bushra is a 20 year old girl, youngest of her 8 siblings. She was very young when her mother became ill and was often in and out of hospital. Her father who ran a small carpentry shop also kept poor health. Her parent’s illness meant that most of the income was spent towards hospitals fees. Consequently, Bushra was forced to drop out of school when she was very young.  Sometime later, both her parents passed away. At that time 6 of her brothers and sisters were married. Bushra started to live with her unmarried sister and since she did not have any formal education and her elder brothers were doing casual jobs, Bushra began looking for a job as a housemaid.  

Luckily she found one in a beauty parlour and through hard work and a desire to succeed; she soon opened up a small salon at her residence in Korangi 2 1/2, earning approximately Rs. 4000 every month.

 Bushra was struggling hard and was determined to grow and do well in her profession, but after sometime she realized that her vision had begun to deteriorate and this was beginning to affect service to her clients. Due to paucity of funds, she tried several local remedies but in vain. She was disheartened as all her dreams were shattering one by one and she could not do anything about it. She asked her siblings for help but no one came forward as they too could not afford to get her treated.  Bushra finally closed down her parlour as she had almost lost her vision and the future seemed hopeless. She felt helpless and there were days when  there was barely enough food in the house. She had become totally dependant upon her siblings for virtually everything in life.

A year later, hope flickered once again: A former colleague of her father came to tell her that she could get her eyes treated in a free eye hospital near by. She immediately went to LRBT Free Eye Hospitalin Korangi and after a thorough examination; she was diagnosed with Cataract in both her eyes. Her surgery was performed the very next week that not only give back her eye sight but also restored her livelihood. Bushra has restarted her small salon and is once again able to support herself.

Bushra says:

“LRBT has made a significant difference in my life.  It has transformed me
 from being a burden on my family to a beautician who aspires to become
 a true professional and provide excellent services to her clients.
 I am deeply thankful to God along with all the doctors, the
 staff and the donors for giving me back my lost vision.”

 

Four brothers who are now able to see
Four brothers who are now able to see
Sana is back in school after her corneal grafting
Sana is back in school after her corneal grafting
A young girl being treated at LRBT Hospital
A young girl being treated at LRBT Hospital
A woman being treated
A woman being treated
A young child with a squint
A young child with a squint

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Physically handicapped Rasheeda is able to see now
Physically handicapped Rasheeda is able to see now

A couple of days back Abdul Baqi brought his 9 year old son Jannan in emergency to LRBT Hospital with a 2” piece of wood pierced into his eye. He told the hospital staff that a child hit my son with a stick while playing when a piece of the stick broke and pierced my son’s eye. I immediately took him to several doctors who told me to take him to the nearest city as he could not be treated in the village, but due to lack of transport that night I couldn’t, though my son was in constant pain. On Monday morning I took him to various hospitals in the nearby city but all of them replied that this case needs a major surgery and we don’t have the facility. Someone there told me about LRBT Free Eye Care Hospital and I rushed him there where my son was examined in emergency and after reforming a complicated surgery, doctors not only removed the piece of wood but his eye, nose and throat were also saved which could have been severely damaged. (See Jannan's pictures below)

LRBT Free Eye Hospital, Lar (Multan) has treated 181,301 eye patients from July 09'- October 2010' and has performed 17,840 Sight Restoration Surgeries absolutely free of cost. This hospital is one of the 16 LRBT Free Eye Care Hospitals and 42 Community Eye Health Care Centres in Pakistan which are situated in a manner that no Pakistani is 200 kms away from an LRBT facility.

Currently LRBT, through its 16 hospitals, 42 Community Eye Care Centres provides FREE TREATMENT to 6553  patients in OPD and performs over 882 major and minor eye surgeries on Daily Average basis throughout Pakistan.

Since its inception 24 years ago, LRBT has treated over 18 million patients and performed over 1.7 million major and minor eye surgeries all free of charge. During the year July 09’ - June, 10’,  we have treated 1.97  million patients in OPD and performed over 209,742 major & minor surgeries at a growth of 12 % and 13% respectively free of all charges. LRBT is the major provider of eye care in the country treating 36% of all eye patients, performing 27.4% of eye surgeries and 32% of all Pediatric eye surgeries all totally free.

Help us Give the gift of Sight to 18.7 million more Pakistanis who are either blind or visually impaired and turn them into productive individuals of the society.

Piece of Wood Removed from Jannan
Piece of Wood Removed from Jannan's Eye

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