Elsie finally got her double cataract surgery done this week and the moment she opened her eyes, we were in tears! What a lovely outcome for Eye Week 2021.
Johannesburg, South Africa (14 October 2021) – Last week we shared that Good Morning Angels were going to help cover the cost of a double cataract surgery for pensioner Elsie Ndinisa who was gradually going blind. Her surgery has been a success.
66-year old Elsie Ndinisa is a mother of two adult children from Soshanguve. She is a pensioner and lives with her son, Gladwin. Like so many families, they rely on her state pension and a government unemployment grant, as no one in the household is currently employed.
Gladwin was very worried about his mom, Elsie. She had been going blind gradually over the years. They scraped together money to consult an Ophthalmologist – who advised that Elsie had cataracts. Removing these would take as little as half an hour, but at the cost of R30 000 per eye – funds they simply didn’t have.
Gladwin wrote to Good Morning Angels – who referred him to Operation Healing Hands for consideration for their annual Eye Week in October. The Good Morning Angels Fund donated R30 000 towards Elsie’s operation and the other patient’s cataract removals. Because the doctors and medical staff gave their time and skills for free, the cost per operation was only R3 000 – that means Elsie and another ten people were assisted.
Her eyes are still a little swollen but as she says, she can see clearly again. Her reaction as she is told to open her eyes is priceless! Take a look below.