A grandfather in orange with his granddaughter, post surgery, in pink. She is wearing an eye patch

The Race to Save Pinki's Sight

It was Pinki’s grandfather who brought her to the Orbis-supported Sadguru Netra Chikitsalaya Hospital in Chitrakoot, India – nine hours away from her family home.

Pinki’s family had recently moved in with him and, having recently undergone cataract surgery himself, he realised that Pinki was suffering from the same condition. He told us:

Even more than the cloudi­ness, it was her danc­ing eyes that caught my con­cern. They nev­er stop flickering.

At the hospital, Pinki was assessed and scheduled for surgery to remove the cataracts from both eyes. Before her operation her Grandfather said:

I’m very hope­ful because I was treat­ed here and now I’m doing fine. I am in my 70s and after I received surgery here for my own cataract, I can now thread a nee­dle per­fect­ly. I’m extreme­ly hope­ful for her future.

Pinki underwent her surgery in November. With her sight now restored, Pinki is enjoying being back at school.

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