A five-year-old boy from Yunnan, China, Shunfu suffers from the same congenital strabismus that afflicts his Mum, Yang Yongchun. Because of his low vision, Shunfu was told to stay home from school and had no friends or toys except for a broken bike. While his Dad has to work in a nearby village to support the whole family, Shunfu rarely left the house and was too shy to talk to anyone besides his parents. Because of her village's lack of eye-care knowledge, Yang Yongchun never sought medical treatment until her son became a strabismus sufferer.
Happily, when she finally obtained treatment, Yang Yongchun discovered that strabismus is easily curable via surgery. She subsequently bought her son to The 1st People's Hospital of Honghe where he was diagnosed as having both strabismus and nystagmus and recommended for immediate surgery to save his sight. Tragically, Yang Yongchun had long since missed her chance of treatment so was condemned to stay sightless.
Although the boy's sight could be saved, his family was unable to afford the RMB10,000 needed to pay for his treatment. Fortunately for Shunfu, ORBIS had started a sight-saving program in Yunnan which subsidized his surgery by an ORBIS-trained ophthalmologist called Dr. Hu Min. The local doctors from Honghe who observed the operation are now sharing the skills they learned with their colleagues. According to Dr. Hu, it's vital for youngsters like Shunfu to be able to receive proper treatment before the completion of visual development if their sight is to be saved.
Shunfu left hospital two days after his operation and is now going to school and making many new friends just like every other child. Please help us to create even more happy endings by enabling us to increase rural China's eye-care capacity by training local doctors. By working together, we can also eliminate tragedies like the one that has robbed Shunfu's Mum of her sight!