Making it to the age of 96 is a blessing for anyone and Manuela Peralta de Corrales is no exception. She lives in a pueblo in an area of Peru known for its jungle. A certain amount of her longevity can probably be traced to her daily live - she grows her own corn, beans and herbs, and cooks her meals over an open fire every day.
Even with all this “good” living, Manuela started to develop cataracts about 3 years ago. This impairment worsened until she was forced to move in with her son's family who lived 11 hours away in the capitol city of Lima. Living in the city, means her beloved contact with nature gone.
Manuela’s story is not uncommon. Many elderly in Peru who develop cataracts go blind, 55% don’t know there is a treatment option. Complicating things further 70% of Peru’s ophthalmologists have not been trained for cataract surgery. Blindness can mean dependency, an increased risk of depression, and a shortened life.
Fortunately, Manuela’s love for life and the support of her family led her to find HelpMeSee’s partner hospital-Divino Nino Jesus, where she received the cataract operation her family could not afford on their own.
After a short recovery Manuela is eventually returning to her home to live on her own, and soon removing the cataract from her other eye in future. After this, she will be set for the next age of life as far as her vision are recovered.