Read about Pulcherie, a young mother in the Congo, and how she recovered from blindness, seeing her daughter for the very first time.
Nov 11, 2015
Pulcherie, a young mother in the Congo, lost her eyesight when she was only a teenager. Later, she married and had a child, but her husband abandoned her, leaving the blind mother alone with her child and with no hope of finding a job due to her disability. However, Pulcherie's life was dramatically changed thanks to the dedicated professionals at Mercy Ships and Alcon.
Although one of Pulcherie's eyes was permanently damaged due to a childhood accident, Mercy Ships - with support from Alcon - was able to remove the very dense cataract in her other eye. Just 24 hours after her operation on the Africa Mercy, the bandage was removed, and Pulcherie saw her baby girl for the very first time. Experience Pulcherie's story.
Since her sight has been restored, Pulcherie has found work to support her family and, she says every chance she gets, she cannot stop gazing at her daughter.
Mercy Ships and Alcon: A Partnership that Spans More Than 25 Years
Mercy Ships, a faith-based global charity established in 1978, serves people across the developing world through hospital ships invited by host nations to serve the healthcare needs of their population. The Mercy Ship, Africa Mercy, has five fully equipped operating rooms with two of them dedicated to ophthalmic education for the Alcon Fellowship Training Program.
Alcon and Mercy Ships have partnered toward a shared goal of eliminating preventable blindness in developing countries. Our collaboration has led to the creation of sustainable programs that meet the eye care needs of thousands of people in western Africa.
Through the donation of innovative products and support with cash funding, Alcon has enabled the Mercy Vision program to expand into 14 countries on two continents, reaching even more people in need. The Alcon Fellowship Training Program has enabled Mercy Ships doctors to provide hundreds of hours of training to local surgeons. In turn, the Alcon Fellows have been able to share what they have learned with other local surgeons, thus broadening the impact of Mercy Ships' initiatives in meeting the eye care needs of the people of western Africa.