🇹🇬🇹🇬🇹🇬 Togo Africa Eye Surgical Mission Trip 🇹🇬🇹🇬🇹🇬
The story of Epiphany. He’s 11 years old. Born blind, deaf and mute. He lives in a silent and dark world. He can not hear and he can not see. He can only feel when someone touches him on his arms.
We operated on both of his eyes. Here he is after we removed his eye patches.
He is seeing for the first time!
He is looking all around him. And up at the sky. Then he cracks a smile!
What is he thinking in his head? We can only guess. His world is now opening up to seeing things around him. He can learn sign language and communicate with his parents. He can make new friends. A whole new life is waiting ahead for Epiphany.
We have 5 more children like him waiting for us to come and restore their eyesight this week.
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🌈🌈🌈 Togo Mission Trip: 👏👏👏
Amazing news: this 8 years old boy was born blind. He also can not speak and can not hear. He lives in total darkness and silence all his life.
He has been waiting all these long years for a doctor to do surgery so he can at least see to bring some light 💥🌈☀️ to his world.
Dr. Kondrot operated on him yesterday to remove bilateral cataracts in both eyes and repair his eyes with other issues.👀
Today, one day post-op, here he is seeing for the first time.👏👏👏
It is amazing to watch him. 👍👍👍
We are so happy for him. He expression is priceless.
We take our eyesight 👁 for granted, until we watch this boy blind since birth and seeing clearly for the first time. It’s so amazing.
Please watch the video. We want to share this with you.
Our work today has touched his life in a profound way. We hope and pray that he has a better quality of life with his new eyesight.
Imagine the transformation in his life now: he can walk by himself, he can be more independent, he can join other kids to play soccer, he can learn sign language, he can learn to read, go to school, a whole new life has opened up for him.
We could not ask for a better result. His eyes are so clear it’s hard to believe he just had 2 operations done just one day ago.
His name is Epiphany, which means a sudden illuminating discovery or realization. For many Christians, Epiphany refers to the manifestation of the Divine Nature of Jesus.
In a few more days as Epiphany begins to get used to his new eyesight, we will have a happy boy running and smiling as he starts to live his new life.
It’s a happy day here in Togo as we celebrate many more blind children and adults regain their eyesight when we do our post-op bandage removal.
With love from Togo Africa. 🧡❤️💛💚❤️🧡💛💚
🌈🌈🌈 Togo Mission Trip: accommodation of the medical team on the ground at the Tohoun Hospital. The team sleeps in tents. We have one tent for the cook Acoo. 👩🏿🍳 She cooks breakfast of omelettes. Lunch: rice and chicken in tomatoes sauce. Dinner: rice and chicken in tomatoes sauce. It’s been the same menu for 7 days now. We are not sure why. It must be the way she feeds us foreigners.
For the local team members she makes other things. I keep telling myself I am going to check out their food but we are so busy I have no time to look. They eat in the cook’s tent. We have one tent with a table to rest from the scorching sun. ☀️☀️☀️It’s very hot here. 100 degrees 🔥🔥🔥the past several days. When I get a picture of what the local team eat I will post them.
The chicken here are so thin. There is hardly any meat. Mostly bones. So for every meals we just get some rice and pour some tomatoes sauce on the rice to eat.
There is absolutely no vegetables or fresh salad to be had.
We work very long days and are so tired at night we just eat some rice with the red tomatoes sauce and catch some sleep.
Life is very simple here in Africa.
It’s so hot during the day, I often have “vision” of an ice cream!!! 🍨
There is a man selling ice cream on a bicycle. He came one day. Dr. Kondrot said everyday at lunch “if the ice cream man comes, I don’t care if the president is on the operating table, call me out I need to eat an ice cream”. He is joking of course. But we all crave a cold ice cream bar in this intense heat of Africa.
We have not had a cold drink for 7 days. There is no ice and no refrigerator.
We all know what we are going to have once we get ourselves back into the United States! For me: a nice big ice cream cone! I will say I have earned it!!!!
We love our work. The people here are so appreciative. They are such loving people. 🧡💛💚❤️
With love from Togo, Africa.
🌈🌈🌈 Togo Mission Trip: 👏👏👏 This young 11 years old boy blind with bilateral cataracts has been waiting all his life for a doctor to operate on him. Dr. Kondrot performed bilateral cataract removal both on the same day because he needs to be under general anesthesia so we don’t want to risk multiple sessions of him in the operating room. Surgery went well with no complication. Here he is one day post-op. He is still very groggy from anesthesia and he also needs to get accustomed to the light and seeing again.
His parents are very happy. 👍👍👍In a few days he will be running around playing soccer and going to school like all the kids his age.
He has a brighter future now.
We are sure we when we come back to Togo in a few years we will get to see a handsome happy young man with a bright future!
What a great outcome for him. We can’t ask for anything better. 💚❤️💛🧡💛🧡
🌈🌈🌈Togo Mission Trip: visual acuity testing in Togo, Africa.
This woman was blind yesterday. Today is her one day post-op, she just got her eye patch taken out and she is reading to the last line on the eye chart. She earned an applause from her graduating class as she walks up by herself to pick up her paper chart from our technician who is doing the visual acuity test!
What an amazing life changing event for her. She can now start her new life. We are so happy for her.
Independent. Free to do what she wants. She says she was a farmer. She’s going back to farming again to feed her family!
We are so happy to be of help to her. One more family will have a better life because we were here in Togo, Africa. 👍👍👍🧡💚❤️💛
🌈🌈🌈 Mission Trip to Togo Africa: this is the scene of a typical post-op session in Togo, Africa. All the patients sit on benches under the large tree to get some shade. They still have their patches on. Some of them have shoes and some don’t. When they get tired they just lay themselves right on the dirt floor. It is very hot outside under the sun but these patients are very happy. Very chatty. They are eagerly awaiting the removal of their eye patches so they can see again!
It’s very fun and uplifting as every single person is very excited for this moment. Most them are blind before their surgery. Many of them have bilateral cataracts.
Another great and exciting day in Togo Africa. 👍👍👍❤️💛🧡💚
👏👏👏👏Happy day in Togo: A blind woman is so happy she can see so clear one day after surgery. She says she can not see anything before and now it’s so clear. Everything is so clear. She is so happy!!! Blessed her heart!
It’s a happy day in Togo as patients are singing and dancing after their patches are removed.
Many thanks to Dr. Kondrot and his continued effort to bring new eye sight to the blind in Togo, Africa.
Togo update: Perfect Vision- right Eye one day post op.
We can’t ask for anything better than this. She reads all the way to the last line on the eye chart immediately after her bandages are removed one day after surgery.
We so very happy for this young woman who needs her eye sight restore so she can take care of her 11 month old daughter!💛❤️
The mother has not seen her daughter’s face since she was born. Her surgery is scheduled in a day or two with Dr. Kondrot. We can’t wait for her to see her daughter’s face for the first time. God bless both of them, mother and daughter! We are blessed to be here to be part of this heart warming event. With love, from Togo, Africa.
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