Restoring an elderly person’s sight, dignity and independence
When Grace’s sight began to deteriorate, it felt like one more burden she could not bear. Already living alone, having been rejected by her husband who preferred the company of his younger wives, Grace struggled to provide for herself by farming her land. With her sight deteriorating she couldn’t see to work and couldn’t feed herself.
Her daughter, seeing her mother’s plight, contacted Dreamland Mission Hospital, in Kimilili, Kenya, for help.
Dreamland were not only able to treat her cataract condition in both eyes but also treated her high blood pressure. They did this by registering Grace for the government hospital insurance scheme, which meant that the cost of Grace’s treatment was covered. Without this cover, Grace would have faced huge medical costs.
As Covid-19 has spread in Kenya, the government has closed all non-emergency surgeries under their insurance scheme and so hundreds of elderly people like Grace will not get sight restoring surgery.
£50 will pay for an elderly person’s cataract surgery and an overnight stay in the hospital.