Two years ago, only 6 at the time, Ali injured his eye while playing cricket in his neighbourhood. Local doctors and home remedies worsened the case and eventually he lost his eyesight. He had to quit school as his other eye was also affected from over exertion. His father, Syed Ghulam, a daily wage earner, was devastated to find his son going blind but was helpless as he could not afford the corneal transplant surgery that was needed.
The only boy and youngest of five siblings, Ali was the apple of his parents' eye and loved by everyone for his bubbly personality. But after the incident, Ali underwent a drastic change and no longer wished to play outdoors or meet his friends. Even his sisters could not convince him to participate in any activity. Instead, he was usually found sitting alone, lost in thought. He repeatedly asked his mother whether he would remain blind for the rest of his life, which broke her heart.
However, after hearing about the free service provided at LRBT, Ali was taken to LRBT Karachi where the doctors found his condition alarming. They were doubtful as to the outcome of surgery, but with Ali’s childhood ahead of him, they were compelled to take the risk. Fortunately, Ali’s corneal transplant was performed successfully and today he is able to see.
Syed Ghulam took a couple of days off from work to visit his son and accompanied him to his follow-up visits to the hospital. He was overcome with emotion when the doctors assured him that Ali’s eye was healing well and he should be able to travel to his hometown soon. He thanked the doctors and said, “Thank you for giving our son a future full of possibilities.”