Eye surgery began this week. I get to do eyes for the next two weeks. I really love it. It s the one surgery where results are almost instantaneous. People in Africa walk around blind for years because of cataracts. In one 20 minute procedure, they can see again. The following quote is from Pam Porter, the perioperative eye team coordinator:
Incredible… The time to see the results of the first eye surgeries had finally arrived. The air was charged, full of anticipation, and excitement! The day crew who had worked for two months screening many patients and scheduling surgery were all there. The patients that had waited and prayed, and hoped and waited for healing were there. It was time to “see” the results.
As the first day crew member slowly and gently pulled off the eye bandage, everyone was almost holding their breath; then quickly papa jumped in the air, “Hallelujah!” “Hallelujah!” Nancy, the day crew member, held up one finger and papa said “un”. She continued to hold up different amounts of fingers and papa correctly said the count. Each time he answered, everyone in the tent area celebrated, with words, some with dancing, and many with clapping. Then papa continued singing, with arms raised and many “Hallelujah’s!” He did not want to stop and it was contagious to everyone.
Then the next mama, actually our first surgery patient of the year, also jumped up in response to being able to see. She also gave the correct count of fingers! Then in response to being able to see, another mama kept requesting her Bible!
The air was filled with excitement, clapping, and praising. And as I glanced around, I noticed some of the day crew wiping tears from their faces…tears of profound emotion and joy!
Then, as one mama looked up at the big white hospital ship, she gasped in amazement, voiced an equivalent to “ayy yii yii” and exclaimed that she couldn’t believe that she could see such a big ship when she could not see it the day before.
Finally, upon entering the eye room, several mamas broke out in song and dance, celebrating their sight. It was an awesome, inspiring, spontaneous Celebration of Sight, orchestrated by the patients themselves in delight and joy at their new-found sight.
25 He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”