"I can see now! Thank you for paying for it"- Baby Sakina
By Marium Kamran - Resource Development Manager
Nine year old Sakina lives in a refugee camp near Pakistan-Afghan border with her family and other refugees who fled Afghanistan during the 1980s Soviet war. Born and brought up in a camp Sakina never went to a school like other children ofher age and instead helped her mother with her chores. Her self employed father worked as a fruit vendor and earned barely enough to feed his family and was left with very little money to spend on other necessities including health care.
Few months back Sakina’s mother noticed that her daughter is facing trouble in performing her routine work and seeks her help every now and then for tasks that she previously performed independently. She then realized that Sakina had trouble seeing clearly. Her father took her to a local eye specialist in Peshawar who upon her examination diagnosed her with developed cataract in her right eye and to save her vision surgery was the only option that would cost Rs. 15000/-; an expenditure which Sher Khan simply couldn’t afford. Disheartened, they returned to their camp praying to God for a miracle.
But her fate was destined to change the day Sher Khan’s friend told him about a free eye hospital in Mandra where all treatment including surgeries was provided absolutely free of cost. Upon reaching there, Sakina was thoroughly examined and was operated under general anesthesia.
When her bandage was removed, she slowly opened her eyes and her joy knew no bounds & she exclaimed, " I can see again". His father was also overjoyed and said, “This hospital is a safety net for the poor like my self and I can never thank enough the staff and doctors here who have brought back light in my daughter’s life and saved her from a life of darkness and destitution
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