If we do not operate, it's 100 percent that he won't be able to see...
- Dr Zhang Hong-wei, a Chinese surgeon trained by The Foundation
But all it took was a quick operation to restore Jun-Fa's sight. "I am very touched to see again," he said. "I can ride my bike again but I won't – I will just be careful," he added, before giving two-thumbs up to thank Dr Pulat Abdiryim, who operated on him.
Jun-Fa can now clearly see the mountains and trees out his window. He even went for a walk just days after surgery to buy buns for himself. He can return to growing his vegetables, and possibly riding his motorbike around the village again.
It's a new lease on life for Jun-Fa, but unfortunately, his condition is common in China, where 20 per cent of the world’s blind live and four out of five of them live with avoidable blindness.
Many others won't receive the help that Jun-Fa did - but step by step, we're getting closer to changing this.
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