Sumitra’s Family: Full of Possibility
Sumitra, mother of six, once worried about the future of her daughter, Sharmila, and son, Naveen. Before seeking treatment through Orbis, Sharmila and Naveen had trouble with schoolwork, household chores, and even recognizing friends and family. Two years later, Sumitra has high aspirations for both of her children.
Since Sharmila and Naveen were able to receive treatment after visiting an Orbis partner eye health outreach event near their village, Sumitra is hopeful for their future.
Sumitra becomes emotional as she recalls the hardships her family faced before her children were treated at Himalaya Eye Hospital (HEH) through the support of Orbis. "I was worried about their futures, but now after surgery I am sure they can grow and do something on their own."
Before treatment, Sharmila could not read well or walk on her own. “I used to cry very frequently,” she recalls. She was later diagnosed with congenital cataracts in both eyes, and was able to receive treatment through Orbis partner HEH.
Sumitra’s youngest son, Naveen, 10, also suffered from congenital cataracts. Before being treated, he was unable to read, write or recognize his relatives. Now able to see clearly, Naveen enjoys being able to help his mother with work around the house and making new friends.
Two years after Sumitra’s children were first treated, she returns to HEH to bring Sharmila in for a follow-up. Pediatric ophthalmologist Dr. Srijana Karmacharya discusses Sharmila's case with Orbis President and CEO Jenny Hourihan.
Sumitra and her family pose happily for a photo. They now look to a brighter future, full of possibility.