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Charity act to restore injured man's eyesight

A 35-YEAR-OLD man will receive a charity surgery on Saturday to regain the sight of an eye injured in a working accident, thanks to True Love under the Blue Sky, a local annual program to help poor and sick people through public donations, charity auctions and free medical services.

The patient, who is of the Lisu ethnic minority in Yunnan Province, arrived at Shanghai No. 10 People's Hospital over the weekend and is in preparation for the surgery.

In the procedure, doctors will remove scattered stones from the left eye, transplant a new lens to replace the broken one and repair the injured retina, officials said yesterday.

"It is a very complicated and high-end optical surgery, which can't be done in Yunnan Province," said Xu Ying, a hospital official. "We have two expert teams to take charge of different part of the surgery on Saturday, when the whole procedure will be broadcast on TV."

The patient, named Nima, is from a needy rural village in Deqing, Yunnan, and is the only breadwinner of a poor family. He was injured by flying stones six months ago when a construction crew used explosives to remove rocks.

The injury left Nima with poor eyesight and the family's finances worsened.

Unable to afford treatment for the eye, he managed to discuss his situation with a medical team sent last month by Shanghai No. 10 People's Hospital to Yunnan to give free medical consultations and treatments.

Others helped

The hospital dispatched optical experts to the village. After confirming a possibility of a surgery, it chose Nima as the beneficiary of this year's charity surgery.

In addition to Nima, a staff member at the World Expo site with eye disease, two family members of Expo workers and some 10 local elderly with cataracts will receive free optical operations on Thursday, "as we decided to give more people brightness through this charity move," Xu said.

These people will have their gauze removed on Saturday at a ceremony of the annual charity program, officials said.


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