10-year-old Jesika avoids blindness after finding treatment at a Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation camp.
On the second day of the Tej Kohli and Ruit Foundation microsurgical camp in Dolakha, Nepal, a ten year old girl arrived at the camp with her father. Visibly nervous, she clutched on to her father’s hand as the ophthalmic assistant asked her about her vision.
Speaking to her father, whose name is Bishnu, a team member from the Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation learned that Jesika had been complaining about difficulty seeing the blackboard in her school classroom for nearly two years.
Jesika’s father is a migrant worker who had been working in India’s informal hospitality sector. He was forced to return home to Nepal in 2020 after the COVID-19 pandemic triggered a national lockdown in India.
At home Bishnu and his wife constantly worried about their daughter’s deteriorating vision. Things had gotten so worse over time until she was unable to see anything at all during the night. After schools reopened in 2021, Jesika continued to struggle in the classroom.
When the tej Kolhi & Ruit Foundation screening team arrived in his village, Bishnu brought his daughter in for screening. The screening team confirmed that Jesika suffered from congenital cataracts, and that she would have to undergo surgery. The health assistants also told Bichnu that there was a chance that Jesika would have to be taken to Kathmandu for her surgery.
With hope in his heart, and holding his daughter’s hand, Bishnu arrived afor Jesika’s surgery. After Dr. Sagar Ruit checked Jesika’s eye, he confirmed that her surgery could indeed take place at the camp itself. Bishnu breathed a sigh of relief. He called his wife back home and gave her the good news.
Jesika’s surgery was performed by Dr. Sanduk Ruit — a world recognized eye surgeon and co-founder of the Tej Kohli and Ruit Foundation. The next day, after her patches were removed, Jesika told the doctor that she could see clearly. The doctor asked Jesika to recognize her father who was looking at his daughter from a distance. She instantly recognized him.
Bishnu came forward, and after Jesika shared a much elusive smile, her father, who was overwhelmed with emotion, broke down in tears.
He sobbed with joy that his daughter was able to see again.
Blindness had not only threatened Jesika’s vision, but also her future. Now, she could live a life without a visual impairment, attend school along with her friends, play like everyone else, and have an equal opportunity in life. Just like everyone else.
For more information about the Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation visit www.TejKohliRuit.com