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Parish lays on free cataract clinic

Anniversary celebrations help save sight of 120 poor people with operations, glasses

Doctors treat cataract patients at St Thomas the Apostle church Doctors treat cataract patients at St Thomas the Apostle church
  • Konradus Epa, Jakarta
  • Indonesia
  • July 4, 2011
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A parish in Cengkareng in West Jakarta has helped provide free surgery for dozens of poor people suffering from cataracts.

Around 120 poor people took advantage of the special clinic on Saturday organized by St. Thomas the Apostle Parish and held in its pastoral building.

“The event was part of our celebrations marking the parish’s 30th anniversary and to help the less fortunate,” said Samuel Samsudin Lie, coordinator of the organizing committee.

Twenty eye specialists from the Indonesian Ophthalmologist Association and several local doctors took part in the “Let Us Share” clinic.

“This was the first of two clinics. The second one will be held on July 27 and will involve 220 patients,” Lie said, adding that most patients were Muslims.

As well as the surgery, the parish also distributed 1,000 pairs of glasses.

One patient called Katijah was overjoyed with her treatment.

“If I had gone to a hospital for surgery, I would have had to pay about six million rupiah [US$706]. I could not afford it,” said the 68-year-old woman who suffered with cataracts for 15 years.

Another patient named Mahmud expressed his gratitude to the parish after getting some glasses.

“The Church helped me even though they do not know me. I am really happy,” he said.

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