We are extremely delighted to inform our donors and supporters of the project "Help 2.6 million blind/visually impaired children" that to date this project has given back Sight to 12 blind/ visually impaired children. One of the beneficiaries is our 27 millionth patient Ibrahim.
5 years old Ibrahim is the only child of Mehtab and Murtaza who was born after 11 long years of their marriage. Since his birth, Ibrahim was the sole centre of attention for his parents, but for some reason it was impossible to guard him from excessive crying and clinging due to which Mehtab found it extremely difficult to perform her household chores. When Ibrahim was 7 months old his parents noticed some whiteness in his eyes and realized that their son had some vision problem. Living in the slums of Quetta, Murtaza was a daily wage laborer who earned barely enough money to feed his family. He borrowed money from his friend and took Ibrahim to a private hospital where he was disappointed to find out that Ibrahim had Cataract by birth and the only way to restore his vision was by performing his sight restoration Cataract Surgery that would cost him $300 for each eye. There was no way he could afford this expense and felt extremely helpless. He often blamed himself for his son’s plight and prayed to God for a miracle. Years passed by and Ibrahim’s vision further deteriorated making him socially isolated as he didn’t want to mingle with other children who called him names owing to his blindness. His parents were also distressed, however his fate was destined to change when an old friend of Murtaza came to visit him and seeing his son’s problem told him about LRBT free eye hospital in Quetta. Murtaza was extremely happy to hear this and took Ibrahim to the hospital the very next day. At LRBT hospital Quetta Ibrahim was thoroughly examined and was given a date for his surgery. The nervous parents brought him on the given date and Ibrahim was successfully operated. The news of his successful surgery brought relief to the disturbed parents who burst into tears and were lost for words. They were deeply thankful LRBT staff and its generous donors for restoring their son’s sight and saving him from a dark future. Visit us : www.lrbt.org.pk
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11 year old Mohammad Mustafa, son of a poor farmer is a student of 5th grade and lives in Larkana. Mustafa’s teachers had expressed their concern to Mustafa and his father about his poor reading and writing abilities which they suspected was due to his eye sight. The father, who was illiterate, ignored these concerns as he thought that it was because Mustafa wasn’t interested in studies. But the major reason was Affordability. The school struck off his name due to poor performance. He was then admitted to a Govt. School but after a few days they also refused to keep him as he could not read the board or write properly. The Principal advised his parents to take Mustafa to LRBT ‘s Free eye Hospital at Gambat and get his eyes checked. The father now had no choice but to take Mustafa to LRBT, where he was diagnosed with bi-lateral congenital cataract and admitted on the same day for surgery which was successful. His father shed tears of happiness Mustafa has high aims and he does not want to adopt his family’s profession. Instead he wants to study and become a Police office.
Mohammad Mustafa is the 26 millionth patient to be treated by LRBT, absolutely free. There are 2.6 million children in Pakistan who suffer from various eye diseases and await your Zakaat and donations. Help us help them!
11 year old Fazlur Rehman was in the first grade when he lost his vision. He damaged his cornea while playing and required a corneal transplant to see again. However his father, Ghulam Mustafa, a factory worker earning just Rs.8000 a month and with five more children to feed was far too poor to afford the Rs. 100,000 being demanded by a private Doctor. Lost in darkness with no hope LRBT turned out to be Fazlur Rehman's salvation. He is just one of the 25 million patients treated at LRBT free of cost, which has only been possible by support of socially responsible individuals like yourself.
Inflation in Pakistan is at its peak and with the number of patients increasing in double digits every year, we seek your support to assist us in our fight against curable blindness in Pakistan. In year ending June 2013,over 2.2 million patients visited our OPDs and over 220,000 surgeries were performed in our 17 hospitals. We expect more than 2.3 million patients to visit our hospitals/clinic for free treatment costing us Rs. 600 million this year for which we need to raise funds. You have always supported our cause immensely, this year as well we need your support to create awareness amongst the masses; how their Zakat/ Donations can transform these blind & visually impaired individuals from a burden on the community to happy and productive income generating individuals. Year on year the numbers are becoming enormous so we seek help from you to help us help them.
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