Thanks to the use of Facebook’s messenger tool, nine-year-old Polok from Bangladesh has regained his sight.
His family have very little money and are not educated in basic reading and writing skills, and it wasn’t until Polok started learning to read for himself that his family got an idea of how poor his vision was.
Realising he had a serious problem, they were distraught. “If there is no sight, there is no world,” said his father Tariqul. “If you don’t have sight, how can you earn? How can you eat or run a family?”
During his first operation, one of Polok’s cataracts was removed, enabling him to see more clearly. When his bandages were taken off it took a little while for his eyes to adjust, but after a few minutes he began to blink – to his mother’s delight, he started answering her questions, confirming he could see more clearly.
Arriving home a few days later, the change in Polok was astounding. He started approaching people to shake hands, talking more and answering questions confidently.
His father Tariqul was delighted with the change. “Before, when I asked Polok to bring something, he would just search. Now he can fetch things without any problem. We hold fingers up and he can count them. Before, he used to fall down – in the past two days he hasn’t fallen down. We now have hope for his future.”