Sight for 10,000 Poor Blind Children in Pakistan

by The Layton Rahmatulla Benevolent Trust
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Sight for 10,000 Poor Blind Children in Pakistan
Sight for 10,000 Poor Blind Children in Pakistan
Sight for 10,000 Poor Blind Children in Pakistan
Sight for 10,000 Poor Blind Children in Pakistan
Sight for 10,000 Poor Blind Children in Pakistan
Sight for 10,000 Poor Blind Children in Pakistan
Sight for 10,000 Poor Blind Children in Pakistan
Sight for 10,000 Poor Blind Children in Pakistan
Sight for 10,000 Poor Blind Children in Pakistan
Sight for 10,000 Poor Blind Children in Pakistan
Sight for 10,000 Poor Blind Children in Pakistan
Sight for 10,000 Poor Blind Children in Pakistan
Sight for 10,000 Poor Blind Children in Pakistan
Sight for 10,000 Poor Blind Children in Pakistan
Sight for 10,000 Poor Blind Children in Pakistan
Sight for 10,000 Poor Blind Children in Pakistan
Sight for 10,000 Poor Blind Children in Pakistan
Sight for 10,000 Poor Blind Children in Pakistan
Sight for 10,000 Poor Blind Children in Pakistan
Wali Before treatment
Wali Before treatment

6-year-old, Wali is a resident of Gharo a small town outside Karachi. He is studying in Grade 1 and is a studious child who loves going to school. He also loves playing football with his friends in the evening. While playing football the ball hit him in the eye. His friends brought him home he was crying helplessly due to excruciating pain in his left eye. Wali’s father Raj Muhammad immediately took him to the local clinic, however doctor only gave Wali some painkillers and sent him home. The pain did ease, but over a period of time Wali started to complain about hazy vision.

Raj was unable to find work as he is a daily wager, he was feeling helpless as his son was on the verge of losing eyesight. He started to ask for help, one of the neighbors a local volunteer of LRBT Adi Shama told Raj not to lose hope. Very next day she took them to the LRBT’s Primary Eye Health Clinic for Wali’s checkup. Over there the optometrist diagnosed Traumatic Cataract and gave them the date for further checkup and surgery at LRBT Korangi Karachi.

Raj was again worried as he started thinking about how he will commute to Karachi for the surgery, Adii Shama took care of his worries by telling him that every fortnight a vehicle takes the patients to Karachi. Where the patients are admitted and their consultations and surgeries take place. Raj was ecstatic to know that all his worries were taken care of by his neighbor Adi Shama and her association with LRBT. As all his expenses were taken care of in terms of Free of Charge treatment including cataract surgery, medicines and the travelling expense as well. On the day of Wali’s surgery both father and son embarked on their journey to Karachi along with all the patients which were aligned for checkup and surgery.

He had a successful surgery and is back home recovering. He cannot wait to go back to school and seeing his son back to his usual chirpy self his father upon leaving the hospital said, “LRBT is a savior for many like us, we thank Allah for enabling us to come to this hospital where every worry of mine was taken care off. I am happy that our little Wali will recover and will have a fulfilling life.”

Wali with his sister Sakina
Wali with his sister Sakina
Wali loves to colour
Wali loves to colour
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Ismail
Ismail

Ismail a 6-year-old, having congenital cataract, a rare birth defect of the eye that can cause vision problems or blindness. A congenital cataract happens when the lens of the eye is cloudy instead of clear.

His parents were worried as they only had two children, a 12-year-old girl and then Ismail. Ismail’s father has a private job as an office boy and they live in a rented home. In their meagre income Ismail’s parents are hardly able to make ends meet. Ismail’s parents got to know about his condition when he was a year old, when they took him to a local clinic for a checkup the doctor examined him and told them about Ismail’s condition and the cost of treatment involved. When Ismail’s father told him about his background and inability to pursue the treatment, doctor advised him to visit LRBT Korangi.

Over the period of years, he has been successfully treated at LRBT and now can see the world clearly with hope and dreams in his eyes. Ismail’s parents were very thankful and beaming with happiness. Keep donating to LRBT to keep the dreams of these children alive. A small amount goes a long way in ensuring a bright future.

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Here is the story of 7-year-old twins Aslam and Shahira and their older brother, 9-year-old Muhammad.

They are the children of a mason, Ahmed, who is a daily wage earner and mother Rukhsana who works 3 jobs to help her husband to run the house and ensure that their children are able to go to school. Their only chance at a better future is for their children to have an education and eventually get good jobs. However, when their children started to hesitate before going to school, their parents started to get worried. Rukhsana said,’ They kept complaining about lagging behind as they could not see properly, each morning, getting them to school became a cumbersome task. Shahira would cry and her brothers would throw tantrums, but we could not afford to have them miss school."

Diagnosed with cataract at birth, the lives of all 3 children were severely impacted. Otherwise brilliant students, they started to lag behind in school due to their deteriorating vision and were on the verge of dropping out. Worried about the cost of treatment, the helpless parents were at a loss of who to turn to for help. Fortunately, they got to know about LRBT and brought their children in for a checkup. All 3 children were successfully operated upon absolutely free of cost and are now back to school. 

Thousands of children yearning for the blessing of sight come to LRBT everyday for treatment and walk out with the chance to live a fulfilling life and have a bright future. 

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Eyes are the most precious of our senses, yet we often neglect their care and this negligence can lead to lifelong blindness. Little Rehmat, just 8 years old, faced such an ordeal when what started off as a simple case of itching in his left eye led to his cornea being damaged for life.

Hailing from Quetta, Rehmat’s father, Ghulam, supports the family by stitching cloth for tents. His aging father and unmarried brother also live with him in their three bedroom rented house. With five out of his nine children enrolled in school, Ghulam is overburdened with responsibilities. His brother a daily wage earner contributes what little he can towards the household expenses. A major chunk of Ghulam's income goes towards paying rent but despite their combined efforts the brothers have not been able to own a house of their own.

Rehmat is Ghulam’s middle child, since birth Rehmat has carved a special place in his family’s heart owing to his sunny disposition and friendly, helpful nature. Studying in grade one, Rehmat dreams of joining the army. Despite his young age, his vision for his future is clear. He wants to serve his country and to achieve that he strives to study hard and is already top of his class. About four months back, Rehmat’s left eye started to itch, he was constantly rubbing his eye and it started to affect his studies as he was distracted most of the time. Eventually his teacher called Ghulam to school and advised him to get Rehmat’s eye checked.

Ghulam took Rehmat to their neighborhood clinic for a checkup where he was prescribed eye drops for two weeks. The itching improved temporarily but returned after a couple of days. Someone then advised Ghulam to take Rehmat to the local hospital, where the doctor changed the eye drops but soon after Rehmat started to complain of hazy vision. Distraught and clueless as to where to go for help, Ghulam spent many a sleepless night fearing permanent damage to his son’s eye. Rehmat too became withdrawn and quiet fearing he may be losing his vision. One day he earnestly enquired from his sister that would anyone want to play with him if he was unable to see. Just two years older in age, she quickly consoled him saying a child cannot go blind. However, even at that young age Rehmat knew that there was a distinct possibility that he would not be able to live his dream of joining the army due to his hazy vision.

Rehmat’s angel in disguise came in the form of their relative who had previously been treated at LRBT. He advised Ghulam to take Rehmat to LRBT’s hospital. Ghulam was worried the fees but his relative assured him that treatment is free for those who cannot afford it. Having never experienced free treatment himself Ghulam was hesitant and delayed going till he had some money saved up, but when Rehmat was unable to see at all from his left eye he quickly rushed Rehmat to LRBT. Rehmat was examined and told he would need a corneal transplant at the earliest as his cornea had been damaged due to neglect. The corneal tissue was arranged and transplanted successfully. Rehmat is now able to see again with his left eye.

“My first reaction was fear when the doctor told me that my son would need a major surgery to replace his cornea. Just the thought of him having the surgery under anesthesia was enough to give me nightmares, but the empathy and professionalism of the doctors and staff at LRBT gave me the courage to agree to the surgery. It was the best decision of my life, the quality treatment and care that my son received has enabled him to see clearly once again. I have my happy, smiling Rehmat back and he is more determined than ever to serve his country, where institutions like LRBT exist that enable the underprivileged to live independent, fulfilling lives.” – Ghulam.


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5 years old, Hina got hurt while playing. Her father a factory operator immediately took her to the local clinic as her eye was turning red and she was crying in pain. Living in a rented house with two other children to support her father could not afford her treatment in a private hospital. However after a couple of weeks a white dot started to appear in her right eye. She was also constantly rubbing her eye to try and clear her vision. Her poor father was devastated that his daughter might be going blind in one eye. He asked his relatives for a loan to show Hina in a private hospital but they were unable to help him as most of them were laid off due to the pandemic. Disheartened he prayed day and night for a miracle. it broke his heart to see her sitting in a corner unable to play with her friends. 

By chance he saw an ad in the newspaper about LRBT and it's free eye services for the poor. He immediately took her for a checkup and Hina was diagnosed and successfully treated for cataract. Her smile spoke a thousand words as she was leaving the hospital to go home. Hina has recently started going to school also and made alot of friends already. She especially loves being able to play with her younger brother once again.

Her father profusely thanked LRBT and its donors for their support in enabling his young daughter to be able to see once again.

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The Layton Rahmatulla Benevolent Trust

Location: Karachi, Sindh - Pakistan
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Shabana Shahzad
Karachi, Sind Pakistan
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