17 November 2017
Lubombo Mountains, Swaziland
Vujshwa is only 5 years old, but he is already losing his vision. This young boy with unusually large eyes and a generous heart was born with glaucoma, a disease which builds up pressure in the eye and without treatment, will eventually lead to blindness. The effects of glaucoma are irreversible, but if found within the first year of childhood, there may be no lasting damage.
When Dr. Leanni Piek, a volunteer from South Africa, arrived in this remote village, she explained to Vujshwa’s mother what was wrong with her son’s eyes. Dr. Piek described the necessary treatment which is available at the nearest hospital, two hours away. Though it will not be easy, his mother is trying to find a way to get Vujshwa the treatment he needs to save most of his eyesight.
For the Mercy Air team