Racheal sees her mother for the first time

May 2017

When Verah heard there was going to be an Orbis eye screening in Mansa Village, she bicycled with her daughter, one-year-old Racheal, 60 kilometers from her home to the Mansa Hospital.

At the screening, Racheal was diagnosed with cataracts. Verah and Racheal travelled more than 500 kilometers by bus to the Kitwe Eye Annexe for cataract surgery, performed by Dr. Mboni, an Orbis-trained ophthalmologist.

After a year of darkness, little Racheal had her bandages removed and was able to see her mother, Verah, for the very first time.

Racheal sees her mother for the first time

Dr. Mboni, who performed the cataract surgery, knows exactly how crucial the operation was for Racheal. Describing the bubbly one-year-old just moments after the bandages were removed from her eyes, he said:

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