THANK YOU. 107 more poor blind women in Pakistan can see now!
By Marium Kamran - Resource Development Manager
We are extremely grateful to all the generous donors of Global Giving for restoring sight of 107 poor blind women in Pakistan and help them see the colours of life once again. To date LRBT has treated over 29 million patients in OPD and performed 2.9 million surgeries, 50% of them being women.
One such woman was Rakhi who belongs to a poor family living in a mud hut in Rawalpindi. Her husband passed away a couple of years ago and she lives with her sons who work as laborers and in their little income have to support their own families too.
Since past two years Rakhi’s vision was gradually decreasing. She went to a private clinic for her examination where she was diagnosed with cataract that required surgery. However, when she found out about the cost of the surgery she lost hope as there was no way she could afford it
One day, when she was sitting alone in a corner of her house, waiting for someone to help her get some food, one of her relatives came in to see her and was very upset seeing Rakhi in such a miserable state. She told her about LRBT Free Eye Hospital in Mandra where all treatment including surgeries is absolutely free for the poor. Upon Allah Rakhi’s request she took her to the hospital the same day where after her complete examination she was given a date for surgery.
Her surgery was successfully performed totally free of cost. Rakhi could not believe her good fortune. She praised the LRBT Trust and the staff for their kind behavior and prayed for the donors without whom she could not have got her sight back. She said now she would be able to contribute towards the household chores and look after her grand children when there mother is away and would be a productive member instead of being a burden on the family.
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