Rorisang Kgosana
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7 minute read
23 Jun 2021
6:00 am

FEATURE: Free cataract surgeries changing lives in Mpumalanga town

Rorisang Kgosana

With the aid of the Tshemba Foundation and volunteer specialists such as Dr Bawa, the people of Acornhoek are able to see again through free cataract surgeries.

Anios Morale, a patient from Welverdiend, at the waiting area before her eye surgery on 17 June 2021 at Tintswalo Hospital, in Acornhoek, Mpumalanga. Picture: Jacques Nelles

A spectacular view of lime-green tinted mountain tops surrounded us as we drove towards Tintswalo Hospital in Acornhoek, Mpumalanga. But upon my arrival at the hospital, I was introduced to a queue of about 20 elderly and adult patients who did not have the privilege of even seeing my face, let alone the scenically rich view surrounding their community. Seated on a long steel bench in green or orange hospital gowns outside the theatre, they had come from surrounding areas to see ophthalmic surgeon Dr Sachin Bawa and his team – specialists who took leave of purpose from their day...