CBM UK catches up with Vaileth and Susana following their sight-restoring journey

Posted on: Friday, 24th July, 2015
Laura, CBM Programme Manager for East Africa showing Vaileth photos on the camera.

"Last year, on International Day of People with Disabilities, 3 December, CBM UK met two sisters, Valieth and Susana who were both born with congenital bi-lateral Cataract. A live link was set up so our supporters could follow the sisters on their incredible journey from blindness to sight. Laura Gore returned to see how the sisters were doing six months later.

CBM UK’s local partner, the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) based in Tanzania, East Africa, identified Valieth and Susana, two sisters from the Rombo district of Tanzania, at an eye screening camp in their local area. Their Grandmother, Fausta, had heard about KCMC’s outreach programmes at Church and took the girls along as she was worried about their eye sight.

Laura Gore, CBM UK's Programme Manager with Susana at her home.

The sisters were recommended for Cataract surgery at KCMC to give them back their sight. CBM UK’s live link up saw the incredible moment where Valieth and Susana saw each other and their family clearly for the first time.

Laura Gore, CBM UK’s programme manager, has since been back to visit Vaileth and Susana at their home six months after their initial operation, “the girls are now able to see much more clearly and when we arrived they were playing together with their friends. It was an absolute joy! It's like they are different children, running around, playing and such big smiles.”

“They also have the opportunity to go to school and have a bright future. Fausta could not afford to take them to their follow up session at the hospital which is vital for ensuring that there are no complications, but we are ensuring that they have the support they need to get back for the follow up they need. We are so happy for these two sisters and the new opportunities life can offer them.”

Further reading:

  • Read Valieth's & Susana's full story# [Link to story]
  • Blog: Brighter futures for Valieth & Susana# [link to page on blog]"

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