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Woman, 109, is the oldest to have a cataract surgery

A 109-year-old woman received a cataract surgery in a Shanghai hospital today, making her the oldest person in China to have such a surgery.

Guo Liansheng, one of the city's ten longevity stars, says she is happy with the surgery and she can see her 8-month-old great great granddaughter clearly.

She is also longing for seeing her grandson who will come from Taiwan to see her on Sunday.

Her family said Guo suffered cataract about ten years ago and her vision deteriorated gradually. Her eyes could only feel some light before the surgery.

Guo had a surgery in Shanghai Xinshijie Eye Hospital two months ago to remove a cataract from her left eye, and today's surgery was to treat the right eye.

Doctors said cataract surgery is usually conducted on one eye at a time. There should be at least two months for another operation.

The hospital launched a charity program to offer discounted cataract surgery to elderly people and free cataract surgery for people over 100 years old.

Guo enjoyed free treatment due to the program.


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