Recently I shared a story about a young man with cataracts who had surgery and had his vision restored. That story has a happy ending back in 2015. Why am I writing a blog post about this story in 2019? Well there is more to the story. Between 2015 and 2017 I met several more children with cataracts. I have been fortunate to be able to help them. I came to expect that when I met a child with cataracts that I would be able to make arrangements to help them out. Then in September 2018 I met tis young man with cataracts in both eyes.
This poor young man had bilateral cataracts and was only able to see light and dark. Once again I found myself on a trip with no anesthesia available. I spoke with him and his mother and we made plans for me to return and fix his cataracts a few months later. It was hard to say goodbye, but I knew I would be back.
I guess I still have some things to learn about life.
Since saying goodbye to this young man I have been unable to return to help him. I have had a trip that was cancelled due to political violence, a trip cancelled due to a natural disaster. FOCUS has been back to Haiti this year, but the facilities and personal needed to make his surgery happen have not been in alignment.
This story is not yet finished. I want to know how it ends but the ending is not yet written. The situation is sad and frustrating. And this is just one story. As of this writing there are 20 other stories of 20 other children who are waiting for cataract surgery. Half of those children are blind in both eyes.
We are planning a trip in February 2020 with the mission of fixing every children’s cataract on the wait list. We have a lot of work to do to prepare for such a trip. Hopefully there will be a happy ending of this story to post. There are still a lot of obstacles that could interfere with the success of this trip, and honestly not all of them are under our control.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post. Honestly it has been difficult for me to share this because I feel like so far I have let these children down. If projects like this are important to you, please consider sharing our story with your friends and family. We would welcome any type of support (prayers, well wishes, and donations.) – Matt