Pensioner Moetsooa Moeti had been pushed from pillar to post trying to access cataract surgery and had completely lost all hope of ever being able to see again. Within a week of contacting Right to Sight she was referred to an ophthalmologist who performed the procedure free of charge.
When her daughter called Right to Sight a couple of days after the surgery, her words could barely be understood because of her tears. Once she settled down, she explained how debilitating her Mom’s condition had been and how it had broken her heart to see someone she loves so much grow sadder and more despondent every day. Not in her wildest dreams had she thought this surgery possible. She had also not expected her Mom to be treated with the kindness and care shown by the ophthalmologist and staff that handled her case.
Her immense gratitude is a powerful reminder of the huge impact that these surgeries have on the lives of patients and their families.
Ms Phika Mkhize
“On behalf of Ms Phika Mkhize, we would like to thank your organisation, OSSA Right to Sight, most sincerely for the gift you have given her, the sight in her left eye. It really is hugely appreciated.
Your organisation, with all the ophthalmologists & support teams are doing a most amazing task in restoring sight to so many people. Keep up the Good Work.
May you all be blessed for all the good work you are doing.”
John & Pam Trollope
Adelinah lived with deteriorating eye sight due to untreated cataracts for ten years.
As her sight grew worse, she became more and more dependent on others.
“Before the surgery I couldn’t even see the food I was eating. When I was cleaning the house I used to leave dirty spots behind because of my sight. I had to ask someone to read to me even though I was using double lenses. I couldn’t do anything for myself!”
Adelinah’s Second Sight surgery took place in November 2016 and by Christmas her vision had improved dramatically.
“After the surgery I can do everything without anyone’s help. I can see far and read. I am very happy and grateful to Dr Chris Gouws and the Right to Sight Trust for the gift they have given me.”
Before finally receiving a Second Sight surgery in March 2018, William had tried three times to have his cataracts removed. Many of the pleasures in his life had been taken away and he had become increasingly dependent on his family.
After Williams surgery and follow up consultation, we received the following note from his sister:
“Thank you for helping my brother. Being able to see again has better made a huge difference in his life. He can now do the sewing that he loves and we don’t have to worry about him crossing the road. It’s been such a blessing and I can’t thank you enough.”
At the age of 45, cataracts started to rob Carmen of her vision. She had no vision in her right eye and only blurred vision in the left. She became more and more frustrated as her independence slipped away and she was unable to perform daily activities.
A Second Sight surgery was performed on Carmen early in February 2018. In March we received a letter from her and this is what she wrote:
“Words cannot describe my deepest gratitude for everything that you have done to have my eyes fixed! A simple thank-you does not seem enough. But from the bottom of my heart THANK YOU!!
I’m living a totally different life now. My self-confidence has improved so much.
Being able to do things on my own and not having people help or guide me is very liberating. To be able to see so clearly, even the smallest thing, is amazing.
Thank you again for your help and excellent care shown to me during and after my treatment.”