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First 'miracle' made

Charity Sightsavers has launched a new campaign which aims to raise £30m to help provide one million sight-restoring operations to people living in developing countries. 

Its biggest-ever appeal to date, A Million Miracles was launched with the global broadcasting of a cataract operation on 69-year-old Winesi March in Malawi. Yesterday (October 9), viewers were able to watch Mr March’s bandages being removed and witnessed him seeing for the time in two years. 
 
Speaking about having his sight restored and the procedure being broadcast globally, Mr March said: “It is very important to send a message to the world that the assistance we have received not only benefits me, but also helps tell other people that these surgeries are really important.”
 
The operation was performed by Dr Gerald Msukwa, one of only a few ophthalmologists in Malawi. During the broadcast, which was hosted by YouTuber Doug Armstrong, Dr Msukwa talked viewers through the procedure. 
 
Mr March’s successful sight-restoring surgery is the first ‘miracle’ of Sightsavers’ A Million Miracles three-year appeal. 
 
Dr Msukwa commented: “Yesterday Winesi could not farm his land, see his family or walk to the market without the constant support of his dedicated wife. Tomorrow he tells me he will dance across the river by his home to work. 
 
“The operation only costs £30, but will help him feed his family for years to come.” 
 
During the first three months of the campaign, the Government has agreed to match all UK donations made.
 
Taken from Optometry Today www.optometry.co.uk

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