Amid the pandemic, Nitesh’s sight was saved | Orbis

Amid the pandemic, Nitesh’s sight was saved

At the height of the pandemic, the Parsa district had one of the highest rates of coronavirus in Nepal. As the city locked down, RM Kedia Eye Hospital remained the only hospital providing eye services to the community.

The paediatric eye care facility, which has been supported by the donations of kind people like you, saw around 10 children a week in need of emergency eye care, including a very special little boy called Nitesh – who very nearly didn’t get there.

Help save sight during the pandemic

Rising infection rates and transport restrictions meant that it took Nitesh and his parents a gruelling 15 days to access the emergency treatment he desperately needed.

RM Kedia Eye Hospital. Photo credit: Dipesh Gupta

It wasn’t a moment too soon. Nitesh had developed a cloudy lens in his eye due to a scar caused by an injury to his eye. In some cases, emergency surgery may have been needed but luckily Nitesh could simply be treated with medicine. His parents were thrilled and Nitesh was all smiles.

But it could have been a very different story. Before they discovered that our partner eye hospital was open, Nitesh’s parents were considering giving him a local remedy which could have caused irreversible damage to his eye. Only with your help today can sight-saving teams around the world find ways to adapt, change and work through the pandemic to treat children like Nitesh.


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