A series of captivating stories of our Beneficiaries.
That harsh winter afternoon, the blazing sun shone through the windows as I stepped into Xinfang’s home. It was cold and depressing. The icy four walls stared at me as I looked at Xinfang and her husband standing in the corner, receiving me with a warm welcome and timidly asking whether I needed some water. I observed her silently at a distance – she was only slightly over 30 years of age, but life’s vicissitudes were written all over her forehead. With both eyes blind and a mentally handicapped husband, it seemed like she had no hope for the future. When she heard that expert doctors from Hong Kong were coming to her village to provide her with free eye treatment, it was as if she was pouncing on a life line in a sea of depression, clinging on to every hope to have her sight restored.
Before I departed from her home, there was this deep struggle within me as I explained to her about the high chance that the surgery may not be successful in restoring her sight. However, she adamantly refused to budge, saying that she was willing to seize this almost impossible chance, even though the operation might render her blind for life. Her destitute circumstances also meant she had absolutely no money to pay for any kind of treatment. How could we turn away someone like her, who was clinging on to her only hope?
Before the operation, Dr. Chau had a lengthy conversation with Xinfang and her family to explain the consequences of this risky operation. She remained resolute and decided to go ahead with the operation. How could Dr. Chau refuse to operate on this strong-willed and determined young lady?
The day after surgery, strong emotions engulfed me as the doctor removed the gauze from her eyes. I cried bitterly. The few days of interaction with Xinfang had left an indelible mark in my heart. She is like a broken angel. If only she could see, her life would be completely different from what it is now. The deafening silence and waiting overwhelmed me as I pondered her future with a heavy burden in my heart. But Xinfang, in contrast, was at peace, quietly meditating on whether her sight can be restored. Indeed several months later, she can now see, albeit only vague shadows. From utter darkness to a gradual sense of light and shadows, her operation could not have been more successful.
Xinfang is so jubilant everyday. After surgery, Xinfang is no longer like a broken angel. The cries from her heart were heard, and her vision has been restored.