Ismail and his mother. Photo by Sala Lewis
“When Ismail was a baby, I suspected he had a sight problem.” ~ Mama Ismail
Her instincts were correct, and she relentlessly sought treatment for her infant son even after multiple doctors told her Ismail’s sight was fine. Finally, Ismail was diagnosed with severe pediatric cataract, a condition that impacts thousands of children in Tanzania every year. If the cataracts were left untreated, the little boy faced a lifetime of impaired sight and limited opportunities.
Mama Ismail took her son to CCBRT where a surgery successfully removed his cataracts. He returned eight years later when he was experiencing difficulties with his sight. The CCBRT doctors told Mama Ismail her son had also developed glaucoma, a serious but treatable visual impairment that builds up pressure behind the eye. Following a procedure to treat the condition, Ismail was given glasses specially made for him at CCBRT, and he is back in school.
Thanks to your generosity, and the dedication of his mother and attending medical team at CCBRT, Ismail’s story has changed from a narrative of limitations to one of possibility.
Throughout this year, your generosity and dedication changed the lives of thousands of people, giving them access to the high quality healthcare they needed and deserved. You provided life changing treatments and surgeries, allowing a boy with clubfoot to run and play; giving a girl with cataracts restored vision so she can succeed in school; repairing a cleft lip so a baby can eat and grow to her full potential. You stood with us throughout the year, touching roughly 1 million lives.
This Giving Tuesday, on November 29th, we’re asking you to stand with us once more.
You can change a child’s story today with the gift of healing.
Join us on Giving Tuesday to change a child’s story with the gift of healing. Before we ring in 2017, we can change even more lives, but not without you. Please consider making your Year End donation one week from today as we stand with people like Ismail and with our team on the ground as they bring high quality healthcare and restored hope to people and communities in Tanzania.