Getting ready for a miracle

Getting ready for a miracle

Winesi’s family and our team in Malawi are gearing up for Winesi’s operation today! All the preparation’s been going well and we’re hoping to start broadcasting at 1.30pm as planned. Sightsavers’ Julie Jenner is there at the hospital – she’s been sending us updates in between talking to the family, shopping for emergency plates and even holding the sound equipment! Here’s how it’s going:

Hi everyone
This morning we have been setting up and testing the filming equipment in the operating theatre. Everything seems to be ok…

Three people in scribs checking filming equipment.

Winesi forgot his cup and plate so we popped out to buy him one before lunch is served. I just saw Namaleta in the waiting room and she seems happy, and perhaps a little overwhelmed by all the comings and goings in the hospital.

A man and a woman sitting on a hospital bed looking at the camera.

Last night the family arrived at the hospital in the dark. Luka’s eyes were wide and inquisitive to see the artificial lights – it’s the first time he’s ever seen lighting like that. Namaleta said: “At home you know it’s night time because it’s dark, but in here with the lights, you can’t differentiate between night and day.”

We’re all excited for Winesi, who’s calm and looking forward to his operation today. He can’t wait to see Luka. He’s feeling good – in just a few hours he’ll have the operation that could change everything for him. See you at 1.30pm!

A man with a plaster on his head.


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A Million Miracles is Sightsavers’ biggest ever campaign to support the work we do. The campaign aims to fund one million operations that will restore, save and protect people’s sight in some of the poorest parts of the world. A sight-saving operation for an adult costs £30 which means to reach our goal we need to raise £30 million by the end of 2017.

Sightsavers works in some of the poorest countries to eliminate avoidable blindness and, where blindness is irreversible, we work to promote equality and ensure people with disabilities have the same opportunities in life as anyone else.

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