Hasan Banu lives in the Chars Region of Bangladesh, a rural region of Bangladesh which is only accessible by boat.
For many in this region, May is a time to dread. It brings severe flooding, famine and, for the many people with sight problems, potential death.
With so little access to health care, Hasan had been unable to gain treatment for her cataracts. Widowed, her children must go out to work in order to survive, leaving no one to help her.
She told us how she sat alone on her bed worrying about the arrival of the floods. This was until she heard a tannoy announcement in the distance, a boat had been sent by an ORBIS funded eye care hospital to provide much need eye-treatment in the area, before it was too late.
The boat and the dedicated medical staff transported Hasan to the nearest ORBIS hospital for treatment, a journey far too dangerous for her to of taken alone, but one that changed her life completely.
The region is so remote it took several hours to reach the hospital, however Hasan was eager to return. She was about to see her one year-old grandson for the first time. “The baby looks just like his father!” she said, re-united with her family.
Now, Hasan is able to look after herself, work to earn money for the family and her sons are welcomed home by the smell of her cooking.
Hasan’s sight was saved thanks to a patient assessment day, costing as little as £35.
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