Zambian cataract patient Gladys

Gladys被樹枝插中眼睛

2017年5月30日

10歲的Gladys在五兄弟姐妹當中排行第四。她與家人在贊比亞銅帶省的Kitwe鎮生活。他們的家距離Kitwe Eye Annexe只有20公里,十分方便。Gladys正在學校讀五年級,她的爸爸Joseph是一位商人,負責維修冷氣機組件,她的媽媽則在一間地區教堂擔任牧師。

2014年10月,Gladys剛滿9歲。有一天早上,她與堂兄到後園玩耍。17歲的堂兄拾起一枝樹枝,插中Gladys的右眼。

Gladys放聲大哭求助,跑進屋內找她的爸爸。她的眼睛立刻變得又紅又腫。Joseph趕快帶Gladys到最近的診所,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。

幾個月後,Gladys的姊姊告訴媽媽她看見Gladys的右眼出現白點,而且她在晚上也能看見那些點。Gladys的父母沒有察覺問題,所以沒有理會女兒的話。直至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

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