Young girl smiling on a sofa.

Patient stories: treating Maiyan, China, for strabismus

12-year-old Maiyan and her family of nine live in the remote, mostly rural Gansu province of northwest China, one of the poorest Chinese provinces.


I did­n’t want to go to school because I could­n’t read what the teacher wrote on the black­board. The oth­er chil­dren would­n’t stop teas­ing me and refused to play with me, say­ing I had weird eyes’

After two hours in the operating room, the surgery performed by Orbis volunteers and local staff was a success. Maiyan returned to the hospital a day later to have her bandages removed. She happily told her parents: “Now I can go back to school!”

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