Seven-year-old Deborah lives in a small farming community in Ghana. After school and on weekends, she and her seven siblings help their parents on their cocoa farm.
When Deborah was four years old, she suffered an eye injury when she was hit in her left eye with a stick. The injury didn’t seem to affect her daily activities, until she developed a protrusion through a weak point in her eye and a corneal ulcer. As a result, Deborah suffered from severe pain in her left eye, and regular headaches and fever. This illness kept her from attending school regularly.
Deborah’s mother, Rebecca, felt completely helpless. She hated seeing her young daughter in constant pain. They travelled to different hospitals to try to get help for Deborah, but they couldn’t afford the treatment, and Rebecca wasn’t able to end her daughter’s suffering.
Rebecca was given hope for her daughter when a midwife visiting their village recommended they visit the Essikado Government Hospital, a surgical outreach post for Watborg Eye Services, an Operation Eyesight partner.
Through the generosity of our donors, Deborah was given the surgery she needed and is doing very well. Rebecca is very relieved that her daughter’s pain has subsided, and that she will be able to return to school on a regular basis as soon as she has healed from the surgery.
This Mother’s Day, you can bring hope to a mother like Rebecca by helping her get the medical care her child needs. Please donate to Operation Eyesight to help prevent blindness and restore sight for women and girls. Every dollar will be used to ensure they get the quality eye health care they need right now, and well into the future. You can choose to make a donation in the name of your own grandmother or mother or another important woman in your life.