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Operation Restore Vision

“The village of Machhakhola is a gateway to many of the smaller settlements in the mountains around the earthquake area. At the entrance to the village, a sign warns of the danger of a rice-only diet. After intake on the ground floor, patients who needed it were sent for surgery downstairs; the ORs are re-purposed guest rooms – basic, but adequate (some surgeries were performed by flashlight only.)

The next day, patients returned with eyes bandaged. 66 received cataract surgery, including one bilateral – both eyes. She came in carried by her son-in-law, totally blind. The next day she could recognize colors and count the fingers shown to her.”

by Lars Perkins