Floyd | The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ


At 21 Floyd developed a cataract in his eye.

At 21 Floyd developed a cataract in his eye.

It Should Never Have Gotten So Grim

Floyd, just 21 years old, was helping to build a house when he got a splinter in his eye. It could happen to anyone – and here in New Zealand, he would have gone to a doctor and had the injury attended.

But Floyd lives in Vanuatu, where his family relies on his strong back and his cheerful nature. There was no money for a doctor, and no eye doctor in the region anyway.

So Floyd kept working. A cataract formed over the injury. He slowly lost the center of his vision in that eye to a milky white cloud.

Floyd’s hopeful future – his plans to go to engineering school – his family’s self-reliance would have been lost with his vision… except for one thing.

Compassionate, caring people made small and heartfelt donations to the Fred Hollows Foundation. We traveled to Vanuatu and met Floyd, along with thousands of others in need of eye care. We treated his cataract and repaired the underlying injury.

Today, Floyd’s vision is bright. So is his future. It doesn’t take much to change a life. Will you help us restore sight to others like Floyd who are needlessly blind? Please make a donation now – any amount will help!

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