Yasmin-From being blind to a colorful bangle maker
By Marium Kamran - Resource Development Manager
Yasmin with Cataract
Yasmin 30, is a mother of two handsome boys. A very talented and hard working woman, Yasmin learnt the art of making colorful bangles and sold them in the market to earn some cash for the family and to be able to send her children to school. Her husband works as a laborer with monthly income of Rs. 6000; thus the family living below the poverty line struggles to make both ends meet.
Yasmin’s parents passed away when she was very young and was raised up by her aunt and later got married to her son. Since her marriage 12 years ago Yasmin has been making bangles that involves sitting in front of the fire for long periods. This resulted in her developing cataract in both her eyes. At first she thought her vision has weakened but then when she had difficulty in seeing and performing her daily chores, she quit making bangles as she dreaded turning blind. Soon she was out of cash and her children were dropped out of school, something that broke her spirit. Her vision in the meanwhile got worse and even though she wanted to start making bangles again, she simply couldn’t and desperately prayed to God day and night to restore her vision.
Months passed by and finally her husband decided to take her to an ophthalmologist by borrowing money from a friend. There, Yasmin was thoroughly examined and unfortunately diagnosed with Cataract that needed to be operated and would cost Rs. 40,000. The poor couple were about to return home with a heavy heart when one of the attendants seeing her pain told them about LRBT free eye hospital in Rashidabad. Yasmin visited the facility the very next day with her mother in law cum aunt and after her examination and diagnosis was operated successfully on the given date.
It was a miracle for her to be able to see again upon removal of her bandage. There were no bounds to her happiness and before leaving for home she joyfully said, “This hospital has not only lightened up my life but has also paved way for a brighter future for my children for which I shall always remain grateful. May God bless all those working for the welfare of the community”
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