The Bangladesh Childhood Cataract Campaign has changed the lives of many children.
One of them is a boy called Tajul.
For the first six years of his life, Tajul could not see.
His blindness became like a prison.
Tajul could not do anything for himself.
He did not go to school.
He did not go out to play with other children.
The one time that he left his house, he fell and broke his hand.
So, when he was seven, Tajul’s father took him to Sirajganj Eye Hospital.
The trip took six hours on the bus.
But, it was worth it.
Two short operations solved the problem of Tajul’s blindness.
A short time later, the doctors removed the protective covers from Tajul’s eyes.
And the first thing he saw was his father’s smile!
The operation for cataracts is a simple process.
Doctors remove the useless lens from the eye.
Then, they put in a clear, plastic lens.
Light can shine through this lens without any problem.
So the eye can produce the true image of what it sees.
Doctor Hossain talks about how such a simple process has a great effect:
“I go out into the communities.
I meet the children who have been helped by these operations.
I cannot begin to express the reaction of their parents.
And I feel very happy to be part of this miracle.”
Tajul is sitting in his favourite place - up high in a tree.
From there, he can watch his friends play football.
He can see his house.
His mother is outside.
Tajul calls her name.
Quickly, she looks up.
She watches her son playing happily.
Her heart fills with happiness.
How life has changed for her son!