The desire to see the beauty of life
We do not cherish the simple joys of life and the one most treasured of it all - sight.
The ability to see the colors that surround us, the emotions of our close ones, the passion of actors and the vivid landscapes this world has to offer. Sight is a rare gift to be cherished and to be thankful for.
This is the story of Faiza who is 26 years old hailing from a family of four - her mother and a younger brother and sister. Her father passed away in 1988 when she was just eight years old.
It was left to her mother to earn a living to afford the basic necessities of life; she started working as a seamstress and was able to support her children in whatever way she could. .
There were many more hurdles to come as Faiza developed a problem in her eye which hindered her visibility. As time passed Faiza’s sight became weaker and weaker and it became difficult for her to study or to do simple household chores.
Given her financial constraints, her mother took her to various small clinics and dispensaries but there was never a proper diagnosis. Someone referred the family to Fatima Memorial Hospital and she was diagnosedvisual acuity of 6/60 in either eye and posterior polar dense cataract in both the eyes.
The only option was an operation and Fatima Memorial Hospital was able to provide the treatment free of cost.
Today, Faiza has regained her vision and getting better day by day and her world does not look as dark as it seemed a few months ago.
Today we ask for your help to give us the chance to utilize our resource of personnel, equipment & the hospital to give sight to another 150 patients.
Fatima Memorial Hospital feels honored to be able to change the lives of so many and will like to continue doing so through your help.
Danish is 13 years old from Misrishah, Lahore hailing from a family of four - his father, mother and a younger brother.
Danish’s father is not able to work because he has complicated diabetic retinopathy and retinal detachment leading to legal blindness. His mother who is a housewife makes ends meet by sewing clothes and earns around 10,000 Rupees which in today’s economic condition makes for a difficult life. His grandmother pitches in and pay for the rent of the house where the family lives in.
Not to give up on the hand that life has forced upon them the parents still sent the children to a local school where the fees is 400 Rupees each to ensure a better future for both the children.
Danish suffered from trauma in the left eye 2 ½ years ago which led to traumatic cataract. This further added to the problems already faced by the family but Fatima Memorial Hospital was able to treat his cataract with surgery. His vision has significantly improved and we hope he is able to pave his way through life and achieve all his dreams which include getting a solid education and one day supporting his family.
Fatima Memorial Hospital feels honoured to be able to change the lives of so many and will like to continue doing so through your help.
We never do count our blessing looking for more, asking for more, wanting more but one rare glimpse around us will help us realize that the little things in life are to be the most thankful for.
The gift of sight might come to most of us naturally but for some it is an eternal darkness enshrouding them forever. However, today with the latest technology there are certain types of blindness which can be treated.
One of the most common reasons for visual impairment in Pakistan is Cataract and thankfully there are now ways to treat it; making patients see the colours of the rainbow for the first time.
Fatima Memorial Hospital arranged a Cataract camp through which 150 patients received the gift of sight. The hospital hopes to treat 150 patients bi-annually after achieving our initial target. Today we ask for your help to give us the chance to utilize our resource of personnel, equipment & the hospital to give us sight to another 150 patients. Fatima Memorial Hospital feels honoured to be able to change the lives of so many and will like to continue doing so through your help.
Of all the senses, sight must be the most delightful. - Helen Keller The ability to see the sights and wonders of this world is a blessing for which we need to be thankful. One of the most common reasons for visual impairment in Pakistan is Cataract and today with the latest technology it can be easily treated bringing back the colours of life to a patient's live. Through these camps we hope to treat 150 patients bi-annually after achieving our initial target. Today we ask for your help to give us the chance to utilize our resource of personnel, equipment & the hospital to give us sight to another 150 patients. Fatima Memorial Hospital feels honoured to be able to change the lives of so many and will like to continue doing so through your help.
Simply explained, Cataract is an opacity that forms on the eye lens and makes the vision blurredor cloudy. If left untreated, Cataract causes blindness. In fact it is the leading cause of blindness in the world. [i] Cataract blindness sets in slowly, so it is recommended to have an eye check up on regular basis. It is also linked with diseases such as diabetes, exposure to radiation, trauma to an eye, or optical surgery to correct other conditions.
The most common causes of blindness among people of advanced age macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataract and diabetic retinopathy. Cataract is a common cause of vision impairment among the elderly, but surgery is often effective in restoring vision.[i]
Initially, a patient may not be aware of this problem, and may attribute the decline in the ability to see and, therefore, a need for new glasses. Surgical remedies are the only option available. A research published in British Journal of Ophthalmology on the causes of blindness in Pakistan has provided following findings shown in figure 1attached:
As shown above, Cataract is a leading cause of blindness in Pakistan and thousands of our citizens suffer from this curable disease due to inadequacy of available treatments and high cost of surgical procedures. Cataract is followed by corneal opacity (11.8%), uncorrected aphakia (8.6%) and glaucoma (7.1%) as the leading causes of blindness.[ii] Organizing Eye camps have proved to be effective tool in reaching hundreds at a time. Over a period of 3 days by organizing 2 camps per year at least 150 persons can be helped.
The Eye Center at Fatima Memorial Hospital has been carrying out such Cataract Surgery procedures since2005 with the objective of restoring vision to hundreds of cataract blind persons by holding Free Eye Camps in the hospital for patients in need of Intra-Ocular Lens (IOL) replacement. A summary sheet of the project year wise performance is provided in Table 1 attached:
FMH is now able to attract many needy patients because of the eye camps which are arranged twice ayear. This project has ensured us the availability of patients from all ethnic groups and minorities. Historic performance and future plans regarding Free Eye Camp are summarized in Table 2 attached
Fatima Memorial hospital has been serving humanity for the last 36 years. It provides same quality ofservices to people from all walks of life regardless of their ability to pay. Being an NGO, FMH is always in need of funds, as 50% of our patients are treated at highly subsidized rates, 35% are treated absolutely free. This leaves only 15% private patients who are in the paying category and hence the only source of revenue for the Hospital. [iii]
High inflationary pressure in the general economy and its spillover effects in the Health Sector have caused a tremendous burden on the project program. Spiraling cost of medical supplies, equipment and surgical services have unfortunately surpassed existing operational budgets. But here at FMH we carry on and continue to conduct our free eye camps and surgeries. This has been possible only because of ongoing funding from our donors.
We continue to strive and struggle in our endeavor to provide free eye care to as many patients as possible. At the same time we are also thankful for your precious donations from the previous years that have made our dreampossible. But alas this will all go to waste if we are not able to maintain our momentum for the coming years. A kaleidoscopic representation of our work this year and before has been exhibited for you in figure 2 attached:
So we request you to come forward and become a part of this noble deed. Your donations will go a long waytowards the fulfillment of our collective mission and your enhanced support will mean a lot to us and even more to the poor who will get their vision back and are able once again to see the colors of life, and are thus able to get back to work as well. This is the rarest of all gift that you can provide to any living soul!
[i] A Peer Reviewed Journal of American Academy of Family Physicians, ttp://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0701/p99.html,accessed March, 2013.
[ii] British Journal of Ophthalmology, Causes of Blindness and Visual Impairment in Pakistan, http://bjo.bmj.com/content/91/8/1005.abstract, accessed March, 2013.
[iii] Fatima Memorial Hospital Official Website, http://www.fmsystem.org/fms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=46&Itemid=65,accessed March, 2013.
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