We felt unbearably happy and excited...
- Cam's parents, before her cataract surgery
Cam and her father travelled for three hours through pelting rain to Da Nang Eye Hospital. They were met by Dr Ngoc, the head paediatric ophthalmologist at the hospital. With two children of her own, she has a special affinity for cases like Cam’s.
Dr Ngoc echoes the values of The Foundation when she describes how she feels about Cam. “I see her like my own child, and I think she deserves the same opportunities as my children.” Unfortunately, Dr Ngoc knows the equalising benefit of basic eye care is unavailable to so many children around the world.
When Cam’s eye patches are removed 24 hours after her surgery, Dr Ngoc asks Cam if she can see her fingers and instead, Cam grabs her fingers and gives her a high five. Pure relief washes over Nhat. He knows life is going to be very different for his daughter.
A new outlook for Cam
No longer withdrawn, Cam laughs and plays with her friends. She’s no longer clingy and the whole family has a new-found freedom.
For her parents, they’re thankful every day that they don’t have to watch their youngest child struggle. Now they’ll see her grow up with the same opportunities as her peers. And best of all, there’s only one side to Cam now: a spirited, happy one.
You can make this happen for another child.