Edmond Eli, a 24-year-old young man from the local town of Kpasham, in Demsa local government of Adamawa state has for the first time seen his father after 21 years of groping in a poverty induced blindness.
The young regained sight during a one week medical outreach organized by a team of medical practitioners in collaboration with the Christian Broadcasting Network and facilitated by the Senator representing southern district Binos Yaroe.
The medical intervention targets the young, the old and the less privileged persons in the nine local government areas of Adamawa South. The medical outreach which commenced on Monday witnessed a massive turnout of possible beneficiaries which included Elmond Eli.
It was to be his time of miracle having traveled several kilometers with his family members to the health center in Demsa, to try their luck in the five-day medical services.
Narrating his family’s ordeal, Eli Humoshe, the father of Edmond said, “The problem started when he was just 3 years old. Since then it has been so tough for my family until yesterday when help came.”
Eli shared his testimony saying,
“They were playing one day with his mates when suddenly we heard a shout and when we went to pick him, we immediately noticed that there was something wrong with his eyes.
“He told us then that one of the boys he was playing with had poured some sand into his eyes.
“We washed off his eyes and applied some eye drops to it but after some days we realized the problem was still there, we then went to the local clinic, then the Numan hospital, then Yola specialist hospital but our boy could still not see again.
“He was three then. The doctors had referred us to a hospital in Kano but we tried all we could to mobilize resources from family and friends who had helped us before to visit other hospitals but we could not, so, our son Edmond has been blind since then for twenty-one years.
“So, when we heard about this medical outreach we decided we would be here to see the doctors, maybe we would get help.
“So, on the 14th of August, 2019, he was operated on for one of the eyes and on the 16th of August, 2019, they operated on the other eye and miraculously, he can see.
“This is a big miracle and a relief for my life and that of my family, we have not been able to do anything for him or take him to school but that possibility has just opened up for him.
“We would look for where to get an adult education for him and do our best to help him.
“If this medical outreach was to be paid for, I would not even think about coming here because where would I and my family get the money for this treatment but thanks to Senator Binos, now Edmond can see, we are so grateful.”
The head of the team of medical outreach, Dr. Wycliffe Dar explaining the success and the daunting challenges of the medical outreach said,
“In the cause of this outreach, we have succeeded in offering a consultation service to about eight thousand and thirty patients within the past five days.
“For the general surgery, we have operated on over two hundred patients and still counting because of there some ongoing in the theatre.
“We have performed about 764 laboratory services, about one thousand and nine general eye Care services, about four hundred glasses were issued to people here.”
Dar explained that the team had experienced challenges with cases which diagnosis was not certain and had to be referred to the federal medical center.
The Senator representing southern Adamawa, Binos Dauda Yeroe, speaking on the success of the outreach said,
“We have more than achieved our target.
“We earlier planned to reach eight thousand people, but we have reached more than that, the statistics that I have show that.
“We are planning for a bigger outreach and to make the medical outreach an annual event and if possible twice a year.
“The joy on our people’s faces, their families and relatives, has justified the outreach which was just a test run.”
The team leader of Christian Broadcasting Network, Elisha Dokyoung could not hide his excitement when he said,
“The outreach was overwhelming, as well as, fulfilling. If it was that Edmond could see that we were here, it is still very fulfilling.”
If you appreciated this article, perhaps you might consider making a donation to The Gazette Nigeria. Our contributors and editors are unpaid but there are inevitable costs associated with running a website. We receive no independent funding and depend on our readers to help us, either with regular or one-off payments. You can donate here. Thank you.