Clinic Blog: 2012 The Gambia Clinic Blog
May 18, 2012
Telling OneSight stories
At the end of clinic today it was all about celebrating a great first week and telling OneSight stories, these are a few of those stories
In dispense today Sandro and Brenda were able to use their creativity and resourcefulness to help a 3 year old little boy named Musa see the beautiful country of The Gambia. He was a very small for 3 so small that the temples on the chabella frame were much too long for him. Our tool selection here at clinic is very minimal and we do not have cutters to trim and make temples shorter, but they were determined to make it work for Musa. They had to 'McGyver' it as Sandro puts it and he walked away from today's experience with a CUSTOM FIT and a cute smile.
Bruce told us a story about a 18 year old boy named Babuku that expressed his love for all the team members from OneSight today for helping him and his fellow Gambians see better. He has a broken foot and all the hospital was able to do for him was give him a bandage. This is making him very upset because he loves to play football(soccer) and now understands that he will not be able to play professional football but he will be able to see better at school and now focus on doing better in school and getting into the university.
Nehal as well as many other girls on our team have had marriage proposals while at the clinic site. During clinic today Dr. Nehal helped a 4 yr old little boy named Debasse whos vision was so bad that all he could see was the difference between light and dark. His mother explained that anytime someone turns on a light or turns off a light he knows but that is as far as his ability to see goes. He is a very smart boy and his english for a 4 yr old is really good. His mother carried him around from station to station and into his exam as well. His vision was so poor that it is not fully correctable. He was so sweet that she wanted to try to find a way for him to have some increase in quality of sight and in life. He also was very clear that he wanted 'specs' which is what he kept saying over and over to her. She was using the trial lenses and when she placed the +2.00 power lenses in front of his eyes he said "TUOBOB" which is what the children here in The Gambia call white people. This told Dr. Nehal that he in fact was able to see more than just if there were lights on or off She wrote a prescription and went with him to dispense to select the glasses. They were able to make chabellas for him and when he put on his glasses and looked at Dr Nehal he hugged her then told her he would like to marry her. This is why we do this! To create memories for us and for them.
Tonight was a night of 'home'coming and celebration. We finished two great weeks of clinic. One in Brikama and another in Basse. We have been conducting two clinics this first week here in The Gambia. We have a team of five who have been working very hard in Basse helping people see as well. Basse is about 4 hours away on the Gambian River. They have not had the working conditions or living conditions that most of the team has had the joy of experiencing at the Kairaba Hotel. We are so pleased to welcome them and look forward to working along side them as well as our students next week. We will all be working very hard to teach and train them so that they may continue to help the people of The Gambia see.
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