FRED Talks: Dr. Neil Murray | The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ

FRED Talks: Dr. Neil Murray

"Being blind is a death sentence. There is an abundance of evidence that says that if you're blind, your life expectancy is reduced to 1/3 that of someone the same age who can see. More importantly when you're blind, most people who are blind die within ten years of the onset of their blindess if it's not treated," says Dr. Meil Murray, Medical Director at the Fred Hollows Foundation NZ. 

Dr. Murray was the first speaker at the inaugural lunchtime speaker series titled FRED Talks.  The event on Friday 1 March centered around his experiences performing surgery and teaching doctors and nurses in the developing world. 

His talk included the touching story of a nine-year-old girl with advanced cataracts who he helped see again. He also unveiled the many unseen barriers that stand in the way of proper eye care, such as fear, money, and myths. Dr. Murray emphasised the "Fred New Zealand way," that the only solution to these barriers is to keep creating sustainable eye care systems in order to help the back log of patients that has developed. 

He illustrated his points with several further anecdotes. 

This FRED talk was filmed at FHFNZ offices in Auckland. 


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