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Jakarta Post

A little help frees poor Jakartans from blindness

  • Mariani Dewi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 4 2008   /  10:35 am

Saturday morning for Tin Martini, a 65-year-old resident of a senior citizen's home in Central Jakarta, meant the start of a brighter day. She had just received a new lens, replacing her cataract-infected one, at the Cipto Mangunkusumo General Hospital, Jakarta, and it had cost her nothing. Although her left eye was still covered with a medical patch and a plastic eye cover to protect it, she was looking forward to seeing as clearly as she used to. About 70 others had received the same gift. An NGO, Women for the Health of Senior Citizens (Pelita Usila), found donors to sponsor the event and 10 doctors from the Indonesian Association of Ophthalmologists (Perdami) performed free surgery for poor people. "I would never have had the surgery if I had to pay. I heard that it was so expensive that I did not even bother to go to any hospital to see how much it would ...