In 2021 Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation did thousands of eye surgeries to cure blindness. One such patient was Jessica from Dolakha, Nepal.
The ten-year-old girl has been suffering from a congenital cataract. She is one of the thousand children who suffer from the ailment. If the condition is not cured in time, it can result in permanent and irreversible blindness. Jessica had the problem since birth, but initially, it went undetected, and as it progressed, she found it difficult to attend school and couldn’t navigate her way at night.
Finally, the doctor told her father she would require eye surgery and remove the cataract to regain her vision.
Thanks to Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation, who discovered her case and invited her to the eye screening camp. Once it was confirmed at the initial stage she suffered from a congenital cataract; a date was fixed for her surgery, free of cost. World-renowned eye-specialist Dr Sanduk Ruit did the surgery.
The doctor removed Jessica’s eye patches the day after the surgery, and she was asked to recognise her father. After the initial acclimatisation to her vision, Jessica recognised her father and told the doctor she could see clearly.
For Jessica and her family and many others, Dr Ruit is Lord of Sight, who gives the people their vision back.
Jessica is not an exception in Nepal or India. It has been estimated that 30 per cent of paediatric blindness is caused due to congenital cataracts. About 200,000 children are blind because of the issue. Added to this, about 90 per cent of these children live in the world’s low-income countries. The urgency to help these children has been felt by Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation. According to Tej Kohli, the world can be a better place, poverty can be eradicated when children are taken care of, and their blindness is prevented. Moreover, it will allow them to study and work for a better future.
Technologist, entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist and many more hats wearing, Tej Kholi has made it his mission to work closely with the foundation and Dr Sanduk Ruit to cure needless blindness. It is referred to as blindness, which can be cured by screening 1,000,000 people by 2026. The target is to cure 300,000 to 500,000 citizens of the world.
Mr Kohli has been funding corneal transplant surgeries, and the Tej Kohli Cornea Institute completed 43,255 free surgical procedures to alleviate and cure blindness in developing nations for underprivileged people. But that is not all; Tej Kohli the fundraiser of the TKRF participates in these camps and outreach programs and talks to the patients, their parents, and the surgical and screening team to uplift morale.