Dreige & Eddy, Congo 2014
40 STORIES OF HEALING: Dreige and Eddy
Imagine a childhood without soccer matches, games of hide and seek, or clouds to watch. Dreige & Eddy were robbed of these simple delights by sight-stealing cataracts. From the moment the 14-year-old boys met at the Africa Mercy dock, they were inseparable.
The mates, who met for the first time at the Mercy Ships screening for cataract patients, had each suffered a lifetime of blindness. Their instant friendship went deep. After a lifetime of blindness, it only took 20 minutes for each boy to have his sight restored. The moment the bandages were removed, the two friends saw the world for the first time!
A few weeks later, they sat under the shade of a Baobab tree they talked about the birds in the sky and all the other things they could now see. Then they grabbed a ball and began to play. Soon, children from the neighbourhood joined in and a full-scale match ensued.
The miracle of these boys finally being able to see, to be just ordinary boys, is breath-taking. A simple cataract surgery gave them back the joy of boyhood.
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