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Chinese doctors bring hope to Ghana patients

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Added On December 5, 2015

A group of Chinese doctors have offered free cataract surgery to 200 Ghanaian patients at the China-Ghana friendship hospital in the country's capital city Accra.

 
A team of Chinese ophthalmologists under the  'Bright Journey Project'  have restored sights to these people who have lived with the condition for years.
 
Fatima Alhassan, who has lived with the eye problem untreated for 15 years, just received a successful surgery.
 
SOUNDBITE: FATIMA ALHASSAN, Cured patient 
"I couldn't drive at night and I had to pay somebody to drive me. And somebody told me about this project. Look at me, I can see. I am really happy."
 
And it's a miracle for Rebecca Yaa Borkor Abbey. Her sight is restored after living in the dark for more than five years.
 
SOUNDBITE: REBECCA YAA BORKOR ABBEY, Cured patient
"I feel on top of the world. I can see clearly. Even up to last two weeks they held my hand when I need to walk because I couldn't see anything, because I was totally blind. But today I can see even with one eye."
 
The Eight ophthalmologists are from China's Zhongshan University. They have been providing free surgeries for the local patients since November this year.
 
Zheng Danying, a member of the medical team, said that she saw the joy and ecstacy on the face of the patients after each surgery.
 SOUNDBITE: ZHENG DANYING, Chinese ophthalmologist
"He couldn't see anything in the past five years. When he went to the hospital he needed somebody to carry him. After the surgery he can walk all by himself. So they feel very happy and we also feel very happy to help Ghana's patients."
 
The team also provided training to the local doctors on how to conduct the operations. And a number of medical equipment for ophthalmological treatment were donated to to Ghana's Ministry of Health
 
SOUNDBITE: KWESI AMISSAH-ARTHUR, Vice president of Ghana 
"We will accept with gratitude the equipment that you are leaving behind and I am sure that they will put them to the best use possible."