Zambian cataract patient Gladys

一根樹枝對眼睛的傷害

全家住在贊比亞銅帶省生活的Gladys,今年十歲,在五兄弟姊妹中排行第四。她正在讀五年級,爸爸Joseph是一位商人,負責維修冷氣機組件,而媽媽則在一間地區教堂擔任牧師,一家人生活愉快。

2014年10月,Gladys剛滿9歲。有天早上,她與堂兄到後園玩耍,其17歲的堂兄拾起一枝樹枝,不小心插中Gladys的右眼。

Gladys放聲大哭,並跑進屋內找爸爸求助她的眼妃已經變紅和腫脹。爸爸隨即帶Gladys到附近的診所,購買眼藥水紓緩和清潔女兒的眼睛。此後,Gladys感覺好轉,翌日更如常上學,很快便忘記了那次意外。

數月後,Gladys的姊姊告訴媽媽,發覺Gladys的右眼出現白點,然而她的父母卻沒有察覺問題,所以沒有理會女兒的話。直至到了2015年2月,Gladys的父母終於看見她右眼的白點。

Zambian patient Gladys has a cataract caused by trauma to the eye

Their first reaction was to take Gladys to church to be prayed for but there was no change. They waited four long months before they took their daughter to a clinic in the township. The clinic immediately referred the young girl to Kitwe Central Hospital, the one facility with the skills and expertise to manage paediatric eye conditions.

At the Kitwe Eye Annexe Gladys was diagnosed with traumatic cataract and was booked for cataract surgery. The surgery was a success and whereas Gladys’s visual acuity pre-surgery was recorded as Hand Movement (HM) in the right eye and the left eye 6/6, post-surgery the vision in her right eye was 6/12 and 6/6 with spectacles.

Her parents are so grateful for their daughter’s recovery and vowed to inform others in the about the successful cataract surgery that Gladys had.

Zambian cataract patient Gladys

幫助其他孩子重見光明

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