Nepali doctor Box Ruit hailed as a miracle man – single-handedly managed to restore sight to more than 100,000 people across the two continents. And all it takes is a simple procedure that takes no more than five minutes!
According to statistics of the World Health Organization, 90 percent of the world’s blind population lives in areas with low income, and 80 percent of them suffer from a condition that is easily treatable.
However, due to poverty and limited access to public health services, they’re not able to afford treatment.
Box Ruit, who is convinced that the poorest people in the world deserve quality care for their eyes, the treatment of such people turned it into his life’s mission. So, he came up with a quick five-minute technique that allows him to treat a large number of patients in a short period of time.
Its ingenious technique involves a small incision in the eye of the patient through which diffracted the blurry cataract that interferes with vision. Then insert a cheap artificial lens.
Its operation is already performed on a large number of poor patients around the world, and he also explained it to a number of eye surgeons in the hope of healing as many blind people as possible.
Exemplary doctor devoted his life to his holistic approach to the treatment of the eye. He leads an eye hospital named Tilganga in Kathmandu, which is he started in 1994 in collaboration with the late Australian ophthalmologist and philanthropist Fred Haoolowsom.
In addition to providing first-class eye care residents of Nepal, hospital products and superior lenses that are used to treat cataracts or myopia. These lenses are exported to 30 countries around the world.
For those patients who are unable to come to the hospital, Ruit and his team regularly conducts mobile “eye camps” in remote areas of Nepal and neighboring countries.
His team knows to walk for days, working in tents, classrooms and even barns used as a makeshift operating room.
The most touching part of the process is the day after surgery – the return of vision, together with the expressions of relief and joy, a very poignant moment for all involved.
Australian photographer Michael Amendolia, that captures this mobile eye hospital since the early 1990s, published some of the most memorable photos on the occasion of the 20th anniversary Tilanga.
The pictures show scenes of pure joy and immense gratitude to the people who returned the gift of sight.
One of the most touching pictures in Amendolia’s collection of photos is 80-year-old man from North Korea who sees his son for the first time in 10 years.
“Of course, the man who underwent surgery experienced a great relief, because it can see you again, but his entire family at once has a member who can again participate in all that is happening at home,” says Amendolia.
Ruit says that he is working with a sense of urgency, to help as many patients. He grew up in a small, remote village in the Himalayas – the nearest school was a week walk away!
His sister died of tuberculosis when he was only 17 years, and a terrible loss has made him choose the path of service to others.
“I am very grateful that I can make a difference in the lives of so many people,” says Ruit, who is nicknamed “God of vision”.
And today, at the age of 59 years, he still believes that much more remains to be done, says CNN.