Meet Siaosi | The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ

Meet Siaosi

Siaosi is a 58-year-old man, from the island of 'Eua in Tonga. He always took good care of his family and was a driver for the Forest Ministry, until his eyesight gradually deserted him. By the time he came to a Fred Hollows Foundation surgical outreach in Nuku’alofa, he was fully blind and entirely dependent on his wife. He told us, "it's a lonely life". The loss of his income was a huge burden for his family to bear.

Thanks to our many supporters, we were able to restore Siaosi's sight in one eye, and not a moment too soon. An old injury in his other eye meant it was simply too far gone. Foundation-trained Nurse Luseane explained that if he’d had access to an eye clinic a few years earlier, the doctors might have been able to save the sight in both eyes.

Siaosi left the clinic with what’s known locally as the “banana smile” – his quiet, brooding face split almost in two by the power of his uncontrollable grin. He walked beside his wife--not led by her--and traveled home to see the faces of his grandchildren. Later, he went back to work and is now caring for his family again.

If you'd like to help more people like Siaosi and ensure they get the treatment they need in time, please make a donation today.

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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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