Bahati came into our lives back in April when her father brought her to the Center asking for help. She was a sweet 5-year-old with a severe eye problem. I could tell right away something was wrong by the way her eyes “floated” in different directions. She was unable to focus on anything and wouldn’t be able to attend school if I didn’t help. Special schools for the blind do exist here but are few and far between. Even though space was limited, I agreed to make room at the Center to see what we could do about regaining her vision.
On our first visit to the “local” eye doctor, an hour away in Longido, Bahati was so nervous. She was shaking like a leaf. The doctor could tell right away that she had undergone cataract surgery which we weren’t told about. He suspected that, based on the poorly administered post-op care, the optic nerve never properly connected with the brain. Standard eyeglasses wouldn’t help in this situation, he recommended we see a specialist.
I took her to the KCMC hospital in Moshi, an 8-hour round trip drive from Longido. They told us there was no guarantee her vision would ever improve but gave us some things to try. On a hope and a prayer, we followed the doctor’s protocol and it’s WORKING! Today, Bahati wears an eye patch that we rotate from eye to eye every day and special custom glasses. Every month we make the 8-hour trip to the doctor for checkups and Bahati is no longer nervous during these doctor visits. She actually looks forward to them, probably because we always stop for pizza and a soda afterwards. We both enjoy this special time together.
Thanks to all the people who have sent us their prayers during this journey. They are being answered! Bahati’s eyesight has been improving but she still has a long way to go. She is attending school now, has many friends at MGRC, and is diligent about wearing her eyepatch. We are uncertain how much more her eyes will improve but we’re not giving up. Please continue to keep her in your prayers.