She waited six long years for the surgery that would cure her blindness.

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Imagine if your daughter suddenly became blind at the age of three.

You learn there’s a surgery that can restore her eyesight, but you can’t afford it. You go from hospital to hospital begging for help. You try to borrow the money but can’t. Years go by as you watch your daughter sit at home alone, with no school, no friends and no future. You know the only reason she remains blind is because you can’t afford the surgery that can save her.

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I recently met such a man and his 9-year-old daughter in India.

After six years of trying, he was about to give up when he saw a small newspaper ad offering free surgery for the blind. He and his daughter Priya traveled 100+ kilometers to reach our partner hospital where I met them. The surgery Priya waited six years for took just 15 minutes. When her bandages came off, she opened her eyes and could see again. Her father cried. So did we.

 

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