A visit to the Children's Eye Clinic, in Korle-Bu reveals a very pathetic situation. Hundreds of children present to the clinic, born with congenital conditions like glaucoma and cataracts. Unfortunately,because they cannot afford consultation and treatment, a lot of parents delay in bringing their children to the clinic.The most damaging and life altering complication glaucoma is blindness. For some of them, getting timely surgery will ensure that they don't lose their vision. The Help the Helpless Charity sponsors the full cost of surgery for children whose parents cannot afford it and pays for their post-operative medications as well.
LUCKY AND BATTORYO SOTTIE
Lucky Sottie and Battoryo Sottie are 8 and 10 years respectively. These sisters were both suffering from bilateral congenital cataract before the Ghana blind union introduced them to Help the Helpless.
We liaised with the Korle-Bu eye department to operate on the two girls. After the first surgery, the younger of the two, Lucky’s eyesight was restored and she was able to play with and also help her sister around.
The girls have been scheduled to go for a second and final operation which will restore and/ improve their eyesight.
Baby Elisha is just 5 months old and has Congenital Bilateral Glaucoma( ie both eyes affected). He was diagnosed with the condition when he was 3 months old. His 22 year old unemployed mother managed to fund the surgery on the right eye in December 2012.
In January 2013, The Help the Helpless Charity, paid for surgery on his left eye and bought his post-op medications.
The surgery according to his opthalmologist is aimed at restoring/preserving his eyesight.