Since our Cornea Transplant Program began in 2016, we have provided over 70 cornea transplants in Armenia thanks to our generous donors and their contributions. However, there are still many Armenians on the list awaiting surgery. One of them is Armine.
In Armenia, more than 100 people are waiting for a corneal transplant. Most are blind or nearly blind because they don’t have the money — $800 — for surgery.
For four years, Lilit’s vision had been getting increasingly worse. Two months ago, she was diagnosed with advanced keratoconus in both eyes. The only way to save her sight was a cornea transplant, but like so many others, Lilit’s family could not afford the cost for surgery.
A few months ago, we shared with you the critical need for cornea transplants among many patients in Armenia. More than 100 Armenians were in need of a transplant to save their sight, but most could not afford the cost. We reached out and asked for your help. As always, you — our wonderful friends and supporters — responded.
Last fall, Zhora, a 16-year-old boy from the village of Tsovinar, began to experience eye problems. He had blurred vision and, at times, the pain was so severe it became a struggle for him to open his eyes.