‘God of Sight’ — Dr Sanduk Ruit Is Restoring Hope One Pair Of Eyes At Time | #2030InSight

Dr Sanduk Ruit is co-Founder of the Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation

The Barefoot Surgeon

The Barefoot Surgeon is a biography written by Ali Gripper about Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation co-founder Dr Sanduk Ruit. It tells the story of a boy who grew up in a tiny, remote village in the Himalayas — a village with no school — who became one of the most respected ophthalmologists in the world and a medical giant of Asia.

Dr Sanduk Ruit performs surgery at a Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation surgical camp in the Lumbini region of Nepal.

The Fight Against Avoidable Blindness

Dr Ruit’s inexpensive, revolutionary surgery is transforming the lives of tens of thousands of people around the globe — people who would otherwise have been completely overlooked, and who are left in back rooms to slowly die.

Dr Sanduk Ruit with hundreds of patients who received treatment at a Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation microsurgical outreach camp in the Solukhumbu region of Nepal in early 2021.

Dr Sanduk Ruit’s Early Life

Life for the blind is as absolutely paralysing in a country as poor as Nepal. The roads are dangerous to navigate and many patients are too poor to afford the bus fare to Kathmandu, or for a family member to stop work for a week to take them there. The blind have no Braille, no guide dogs, no special schools. Often they are too weak to get to a hospital. The youngest daughter of the family often has to leave school to look after a blind relative.

A young patient of the Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation reaches out to Dr Sanduk Ruit after having her bandages removed.

Dr Sanduk Ruit’s Childhood

Sanduk credits much of his mental toughness to his childhood, growing up in the foothills of the Himalayas on the border of Tibet, the son of a salt trader. “My father always told me if there’s an easy path or a hard path, to choose the hardest one,” he says. “He used to tell me to remember that we are mountain people, from Kanchenjunga, [the third biggest mountain in the world, after Mount Everest and K2] — one of the greatest mountains in the world.”

Dr Sanduk Ruit observes patients at a Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation surgical camp in the Lumbini region of Nepal.
Documentary about the Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation

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Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation

Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation

The Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation is advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goal to end poverty everywhere by making grassroots interventions to cure blindness.