A Mother’s Desperate Prayer for Her Daughter
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Soon after her daughter was born, Lupita noticed that her eyes were crossed. So, she took her to the doctor. “He told me that my Juanita was visually impaired. He encouraged us to watch her carefully,” recalled Lupita.
Lupita told her son, Jonathan, to keep an eye on Juanita so she would not get hurt. “It worries me that my little sister will get badly hurt if I don't watch her. I sometimes think that I am my sister’s eyes when I look after her," Jonathan said.
“I like to run. Sometimes I fall because I can't see well,” said 4-year-old, Juanita. "Sometimes my eyes hurt. It hurts here,” she added covering both eyes with her hands.
“She seems very fragile because of her crossed eyes,” added Jonathan.
The family was also concerned that her crossed eyes would damage her self-confidence. “It hurts me that people make fun of her,” said Jonathan, his eyes welling. “There are people who stare at her and that upsets me a lot.”
“I teach my children to share and not make fun of people, to respect the smallest and the largest,” declared Lupita.
As a single mother of three, Lupita works selling vegetables every day at a nearby town. But there has not been enough to save for surgery. “I make about 5-dollars a day. The surgery will cost seventeen hundred and 50 dollars!”
Operation Blessing first met the family when we installed a rainwater harvesting system in their community. We then paid for Juanita to receive surgery to repair the muscles in her eyes.
“I asked God for a miracle that my daughter would get surgery and thank God the miracle arrived!” said the grateful mom. Now, Juanita can see clearly and play without fear of injury.
“Finally my sister can live a normal life! We’re all so relieved!” declared Jonathan.
“Operation Blessing has really made a difference in our lives. I can’t thank you enough!” said Lupita. “Thank you!” added the cheerful little girl.
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