Yesterday I witnessed something incredible and amazing: a group of children who have been blind since birth see for the first time.
In the West, we are blessed with access to MMR – the vaccine for Measles, Mumps and Rubella. What is Rubella? It’s similar to measles, and very harmful to a fetus if a pregnant woman should get it. Side effects include congenital cataracts, which cause blindness from birth.
On the Africa Mercy last week, 15 children had their cataracts surgically removed…and yesterday the patches came off and they could SEE. It was the most amazing moment I’ve had since I came here. The kids walked up to things, touching and laughing at themselves. They toddled around in wonder of this 5th sense they had no idea about until now.
As one little girl, 4-year-old Fatmata, walked out the door, she stopped in front of me and reached down and curiously touched the floor. It was a split second before I realized what she was doing – she was trying to touch her shadow.
Her shadow that she had never seen before and didn’t understand. Is there a more beautiful moment than that?
Next time I see my shadow, I know what I’ll be grateful for.