The latest eye camp was attended by more than 150 people, of which 45 met the screening criteria. Out of these 45 potentials, only 19 passed the final tests and were accepted for the cataract operations.
On the following day, I attend the post-operative orientation. It is always such a joy for me to be at these completion ceremonies. The cataract patients, who have stayed the night at the Vivekanand Mission Hospital, are brought together to receive prasad (blessed food) and a completion package. This package includes not only their medicines and directions, but a care package from Sai Maa.
All of the patients are elderly, but they seem to take everything with a sense of ease and grace. They are so grateful and appreciative for the privilege of receiving these operations. I am always touched when, upon leaving, they chant in unison ‘Om Jai Jai Sai Maa’ in respect and acknowledgment of Sai Maa and the impact that Maa is having in their lives.