LRBT is the largest free eye care for the poor and the only safety net for 20.46 million Blind and Visually Impaired (11% of the total population) in Pakistan out of which 50% are women. LRBT has recently treated 30 million patients in 30 years. A classic example of how LRBT is transforming the lives of poor girls and women is our 29 millionth patient Athar 19 and his three blind sisters who were all suffering from corneal opacity..
Athar and his 3 sisters went through the trauma of going blind as a result of corneal opacity and the cure for it was Corneal Grafting, an extremely expensive surgery that also requires a donor cornea. The four blind siblings could not afford the treatment and as a result all of them were turning blind one by one.
A LRBT School Screening team visited the school where Athar and his younger sister studied and from there they were referred to LRBT Korangi Hospital, Karachi. When the doctors found out that two more of Athar's sisters suffer from the same problem they were also brought to the hospital and after their examination and diagnosis they were put on the waiting list of patients awaiting cornea donations. A couple of days later the lucky four were admitted as 4 corneas had been received and were successfully operated. While some vision returned a few days after surgery, it took almost 8 months before their full vision was restored. Ather is back in school now his younger sister whereas the eldest one has found a decent job in a bank. We wish them best of luck and thank you for making it possible.
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