Little eyes hoping desperately to see!

July 2018

​While seven-year-old Shandong youngster Shi Hao’s face is always wreathed in innocent smiles, his laughter hides a sad story. His exotropia and amblyopia-ravaged left eye is also a source of endless worry for his poor Mum who wishes only that her son could see properly and so lead a normal life.

It is my greatest wish that my son can see properly and be healthy

Seven-year-old Hao always smiling. He underwent the first-stage of his Orbis-subsidized strabismus surgery when just three and remains in urgent need of a second operation. Horrifyingly, as the cost of the follow-up is four times their combined monthly income, his Mum and Dad have zero chance of affording their son’s treatment.

In many developing countries, the problem of blindness is serious. The reason behind is lack of resources, what is even more important is that local doctors do not have sufficient medical skills. Our mission is to empower local communities with the skills and resources necessary to fight blindness on their own. Orbis volunteer doctor, Dr. Vincent Lee who's born in Hong Kong recently returned from the third Orbis’s mission in Shandong. The aim was to equip local doctors with new surgical techniques that would not only empower them but also their fellow doctors.

everyone who has a pair of hands must do their utmost to help not only themselves but also the less fortunate.

“As an ophthalmologist, I do all I can to ensure my hands can enable needlessly blind people to escape the prison of unending darkness.” said Dr. Vincent Lee. After visiting little Hao and witnessed his sadden situation, he said, "how could any parents not empathize with Shi Hao’s plight?"

Poor Shi Hao’s mum told us that despite his cheerful smile, her son was crippled by low self-esteem and feared playing with other children. “It is my greatest wish that my son can see properly and be healthy,” added by his mum.

Fortunately, Shi Hao is selected by Orbis as a teaching case and finally he got the chance to see again.

As the old saying has it ‘Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for life.’ Orbis knows that the best way to solve preventable blindness in the developing world is to equip doctors and nurses with skills and training they can share with their fellow eye health professionals.

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