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Rukmani’s Story

Four-year-old Rukmani hails from Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh. Rukmani had been suffering from cataract for quite some time. Although it has not been clear of how she developed the eye problem, her family seemed to think that it could be the result from a fall that Rukmani faced while playing.

Rukmani’s cataract was diagnosed during her admission procedure for a school in Bhopal that Sightsavers was supporting to run eye screenings under the School Eye Health Programme. Since the teachers in the school were trained to spot vision problems, they were able to refer Rukmani for further help at District Early Intervention Centre, Samarapan. She was examined at the Sightsavers- supported vision centre and referred for surgery at Sewa Sadan Eye Hospital.

While Rukmani was not aware of the impact of her blinding cataract, to her parents the surgery came just in time to secure their daughter’s future. Rukmani’s father said, “She is now happy. Even we are happy because her life is on track now. She can read and recognise the alphabets now. I’m really
grateful to Sightsavers for getting my daughter’s eye operated. With my work contract coming to an end, this would have been completely unaffordable for the family.”

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