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Mums praise doctors

Serafina Silaitoga
Saturday, November 17, 2012

IT is the best thing that has ever happened in their lives.

That was how the mothers of Joji Qarimani and Maria Teresia described the restoration of their children's sight by eye surgeons this week.

Makalesi Vakanawakoro and Manaini Dibula, who felt pity for their blind babies every time they held them in the past four years, could only shed tears of joy as they thanked the doctors for their help.

"I am happy knowing that my son (Joji) can see me now.

"One never knows what mothers of blind children go through. It hurts every time I look at my son and knowing that he can't see me," said Ms Vakanawakoro.

"Joji was born with cataracts and it was a rare case because it covered the pupil so he had a blurry vision and couldn't see."

"So when we were told at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital to come to Taveuni Hospital for the eye surgery, I knew this was a chance to restore his sight."

Ms Vakanawakoro said Joji was a loner before the surgery.

"But now that he can see, I have to keep running after him in the corridor or even at times force him to sleep because the other children are asleep and he keeps making noises," she said.

For Ms Dibula, having a blind daughter was painful at times.

"I can never express enough gratitude to the doctors and to the Rotary Club of Taveuni."

She said Maria had been a quiet girl before the surgery. "But I have seen such a big change in her now. She is very talkative and laughs a lot now. I am just so grateful to the team and all those who made this possible," she said.