Your support helped Kingsley see again

July 2017

Two-year-old Kingsley developed bilateral congenital cataracts shortly after birth. His mother noticed he had difficulty opening his eyes in daylight. She didn’t realize though that this was the result of a serious condition until he developed a white spot in his right eye at age one.

Kingsley’s father, Daniel, took him to a nearby health center where Kinglsey was prescribed eye drops. They didn’t clear the white spot, and so his father next took him to Bibiani Government Hospital where Kingsley was diagnosed with cataracts. He was referred to the Orbis-supported Child Eye Unit at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, nearly 100 kilometers away, for surgery.

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To afford the surgery, Kingsley’s parents delayed the operation for six months to save up enough money. By the time Kingsley was brought to KATH to see pediatric opthalmologist, Dr. Peter Osei-Bonsu, the cataract in his left eye had become very large and white, and Kingsley was unable to follow a light source with either eye. 

Dr. Osei-Bonsu booked him for surgery the following month for when a multi-disciplinary Orbis Hospital Based Program (HBP) was planned. At the end of November 2015, Dr. Osei-Bonsu operated on Kingsley alongside our Volunteer Faculty member, Dr. Travis Pollock. The surgery was successful. At follow-up, it was confirmed that Kingsley was now able to follow a light source with both eyes. However, because the cataract in Kingsley’s left eye was denser than the one in the right, he has a condition called amblyopia, or reduced vision, in his left eye. To strengthen his left eye, he has been prescribed with a patch for his right eye to wear together with his new glasses.

No longer sensitive to light, two-year-old Kingsley can now play with other kids and run around outside. His parents hope that he will start school when he is three, something that previously would have been difficult. With his vision restored, Kingsley has a bright future ahead. 

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