Ena’s Story

Sixty-year-old Ena, like many in her age group, noticed her sight had been deteriorating steadily over the past five years.

Despite working in administration for her local village government, she could not afford the cost of cataract surgery of $US800 per eye and had no other option than to face blindness, lose her job and her independence.

Luckily, her niece had read about our medical visits on a notice board outside the hospital and made sure Ena was there in October last year when our team met and assessed her. After a straightforward cataract procedure, was able to see again and able to do all the ordinary tasks her condition precluded her from before; tasks such as shopping by herself and watching television. It is heartening as well as heartbreaking to think that without our help, Ena would have gone blind.