Orlando can see his grandchildren for the first time
Orlando da Costa Belo has been blind for decades due to very mature cataracts. Undergoing a simple surgery in February 2017, Orlando returned the next day to have his bandages removed and he is all smiles.
Successful cataract surgery performed at the Department of
Ophthalmology in Dili, Timor-Leste has allowed him to return to work and see his grandchildren for the very first time.
We call these sight-restoring operations, ‘Twenty Minute Miracles’. Giving the gift of sight and changing a life can take only twenty minutes with a relatively simple operation.
The East Timor Eye Program is training the next generation of Timorese Ophthalmologists to perform these miracles.
A nurse translates, “He says it was the Portuguese time when he remembers seeing”, referring to the Portuguese colonisation of Timor-Leste, which ended in 1975.
At 65, Orlando had been unable to work or care for his six children and four grandchildren residing in Baucau. Now, not only will he see his grandkids for the first time he says he will be able to return to his livelihood of farming.