18.11.2011

Girl thanks Vodafone for restoring her sight

Girl thanks Vodafone for restoring her sight

By Alexa Kaczka

For many people, losing their sight is one of their biggest fears, making their daily lives a struggle and taking away the ability to see many of things they love most about the planet.

For children, this is arguably even worse, as there is so much that they have yet to see and do, but that was the prospect for 11 year-old primary pupil Kate Klutse, who had severe cataracts.

However, the youngster has been relieved of her condition and expressed her thanks to Vodafone Ghana, which made sight-saving surgery possible thanks to its donation.

Business Ghana reports that Kate had been kept out of school for the past two years due to the severity of her condition before becoming one of thousands of beneficiaries of Vodafone Ghana's charity.

To celebrate World Sight Day, Vodafone Ghana, in collaboration with Sightsavers and the Ghana Health Service, pledge to restore the sight of 2,500 visually impaired people in Ghana by the end of this month.

One such person was Kate, from Assin Mankata in the Central Region, whose eye problems started when she was five years old and quickly deteriorated to the point of near-blindness, which is when Vodafone intervened.

"I can now return to school and complete my education. I cannot thank Vodafone enough for giving me hope again" she told Business Ghana.

Over 5,000 people have so far undergone free eye tests across the country, with 1,560 people have been diagnosed with cataracts and all benefitting from free eye surgery to combat the condition.

by Martin Burns


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