Mustard Seedís Cataract Project

 

 

 

In this photo an elderly couple Mr & Mrs Hopened the box packed by their sponsor in May 2009. Mrs H wept with joy on discovering the contents.

We noticed she had deformed wrists and asked about this. We learnt she had fallen several times and broken both her wrists, because she could not see where she was going. Further questions revealed she was extremely short-sighted and had broken her glasses but could not afford to replace them.

Mr H was also nearly blind as he needed cataract surgery on both eyes, he was unable to see more than 3 metres ahead, but again could not afford to pay for the medical procedure and so faced imminent blindness.

 

Even although Romania is now part of EU and there are many improvements in the country, the pensions and minimum wages have not kept pace with the rise in food prices, rent, utilities, etc and the poorest of the poor are struggling and cannot make ends meet.

 

AS A RESULT OF THAT VISIT MUSTARD SEED IS SEEKING TO RAISE THE FUNDS TO PAY FOR CATARACT SURGERY. A SIMPLE PROCEDURE (WITHOUT COMPLICATIONS) COSTS £300 PER EYE. WITH COMPLICATIONS THE COST RISES TO £400 PER EYE. EITHER COST IS IMPOSSIBLY EXPENSIVE FOR PENSIONERS ON THE BASIC PENSION. SHOCKINGLY OUT OF 12 PENSIONERS VISITED IN ONE DAY THE JERSEY TEAM FOUND 4 OF THEM FACED BLINDNESS THROUGH NEED FOR CATARACT SURGERY.

 

If you want to help please make a donation sending it to Mustard Seed Jersey, Cardiff House, St Peter, Jersey JE3 7EJ- please ensure there is a covering note to confirm that the money should be allocated towards helping with cataract operations

 

 

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