The children’s mother Amina understood their dark struggle only too well. She too had been blind until the age of 13. Suddenly hope appeared on Amina’s horizon when the first Mercy Ship Anastasis docked in her nation of Benin in 2001. She was offered an unheard of opportunity – to receive sight-giving, top-notch surgery at no cost to her family. Her life was never the same again.
Only a few weeks ago, her children Jacques, Marie-Grace and Elodie were among the roughly 320,000 kids in Sub-Saharan Africa who are blind but could have their vision corrected; they simply have no access to modern medicine.
This week, Jacques, Marie-Grace and Elodie can see. Their congenital cataracts were removed in a quick and simple operation on board the Mercy Ship Africa Mercy. Paying for the surgeries in Benin was beyond the financial reach of the family, but now six cataract operations have been provided free of charge for the children – a surgery for each of their sightless eyes.
Education is now an option for the siblings, they are no longer dependent on others for the smallest things. The future has dramatically for not only for them but for Amina and their whole network of caregivers too.