Meet Ioane | The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ

Meet Ioane

Meet Ioane, a 6-year-old boy in excruciating pain. He fell over near his family home in Kiribati, while playing with his friends. They were jostling by a rubbish heap and he fell over, piercing his eye on a rusty piece of abandoned wire.

It was only by coincidence that our eye team met him almost five days later, as they arrived for an outreach at the main hospital in Tarawa. By then, Ioane's family were desperate for an eye doctor to check his injury.

Tragically, an infection had spread through Ioane's eye and the delay meant we couldn't save his sight. But the quick actions of Dr Rabebe Tekeraoi, an i-Kiribati doctor-in-training, stopped the infection spreading to his brain. We saved his life.

It never should have come to that – no child should have to suffer as Ioane did. But the shocking truth is that there are no eye doctors working in Kiribati who could help. If he had been able to see an eye doctor immediately, Ioane might still have the sight in his eye today.

This little boy deserved better. No child should go blind because of a lack of available care.

It is not too late to help others in need – if together we take action right away.

Please make a donation today and stop more children going needlessly blind.

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4 out of 5 people who are blind in the developing world don't need to be. Routine treatment costing as little as $25 can restore sight and hope.


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