At 14 years old, Waheed was living in poverty in the Al-Bashra-Mallawy village. Both of his parents work to support Waheed and his three siblings. His father works as a driver and a day laborer, while his mother sells vegetables and sweets in front of their house to supplement their income.
In addition to facing the daily struggles that accompany the wide spread poverty in Waheed’s village, Waheed has had to overcome the difficulties of the visual impairment that accompanies his myopia. The most notable challenge was the affect Waheed’s impaired vision had on his school work, which led to poor grades. His inability to see the board, led Waheed to consider leaving school on multiple occasions, in order to put an end the the embarrassment he faced daily as a result of his myopia. His visual impairment also made it difficult for him to participate in sports and play with his friends. However, his family’s financial situation made it impossible for Waheed to see a doctor or have his condition treated.
During an eye care intervention convoy, carried out by CEOSS and the Morning Planet Association, Waheed was identified as a patient eligible for treatment. During this initial intervention, Waheed received a lens implant. Physicians later referred him to Horus Hospital to have an additional surgery. The resources, technology, and training at Horus Hospital allowed Waheed to have a successful operation that has allowed Waheed to continue his education without embarrassment. When Waheed returned to his village following his operation, he beamed as he embraced his mother telling her all of the things he could see from far away.