We'd like to share two lovely patient stories with you all. The first is about Rukia. Rukia was a bubbly, happy child, but her mother began to worry when she noticed her becoming more withdrawn and quiet. Rukia had fallen over some stones on the path outside and no longer followed her mother around. Her mother, Sophie, did not know what to do. Then, at a wedding, she was approached by a friend who had been to the Eye Centre to have cataract surgery. ‘Your daughter is having trouble seeing’ she said, ‘do you want me to ask my friend who works at the Eye Centre if he can come and see her?’ Here we see a happier Rukia recovering from her surgery and looking forward to going home.
The second story is about Mbaruku. Mbaruku's vision had been gradually been worse and, in desperation, his parents were about to send him to a blind school. When the Kwale Eye Centre team visited Mbaraku’s school, they immediately spotted that the child had cataract and that we could help him to see with an operation and lifelong follow up. The photo shows him getting a pair of glasses. His school performance has improved amazingly and he’s so happy to be able to remain amongst his friends. His real love in life is football, and he is back on the pitch playing like a champion!
Fundraising in London
The fantastic Gillian Caplan is at it again - she ran a pop-up shop in London to raise funds for both Eyes for East Africa, and the war in Ukraine. The pop up shop was open for 2 weeks, but if you missed out you can visit Gillians website www.gilliancaplan.com to have a look at her gorgeous frames!
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