“Sightless Among Miracles”

by Marcelo Arze March. 07, 2013 3441 views

“Sightless Among Miracles” Accompanying a prominent ophthalmologist who took many of his weekends for travelling to rural areas to perform surgeries as a social service to people who could not afford them in Bolivia.
We were in the hospital of Apolo a town about 12 hours from La Paz. An elderly man came in two members of his family held him by both arms, almost carrying him due to his blindness, he entered the operating room and I did not see him until the next day.
Next day he came again with the same two persons who left him in the consulting room, where the doctor removed the bandages and began to examine it, following the doctor instructions he tried to open his eyes. Slowly his gray face started to get brighter and a smile crossed that face marked by the years, and as a kid surprised by the discovering of his world. And actually he was rediscovering it, seeing it after several years in which a veil of blindness had turned off the light in his eyes.
A few minutes later he got up and walked out of the hospital without any help an opened the door to rediscover his lost world ……..
That day I felt a deep admiration for that doctor: my father.
I dedicate this picture taken at the Carter Center to commemorate the efforts to eradicate blindness: to my grandfather Eduardo, Marcelo my father, my mother Rosario and my sister Ximena all of them ho devoted their lives to ophthalmology. My deep admiration for their devotion to the incredible work of giving light to the world.


“Cegado entre milagros” Acompañando a un prominente oftalmólogo quien tomaba muchísimos de sus fines de semana para realizar servicio social haciendo cirugías a personas que no podían pagarlas en el área rural de Bolivia. Estábamos en Apolo al Norte de La Paz, y llego un anciano sujetado por familiares en ambos brazos, que casi lo cargaban debido a su ceguera, entró en el hospital y no volví a verlo hasta el día siguiente.
Entro nuevamente acompañado por dos personas quienes lo dejaron en el consultorio, donde el médico quitó las vendas y empezó a examinarlo, siguiendo las instrucciones del médico procuró abrir los ojos. Poco a poco su semblante gris se fue iluminando y una sonrisa se dibujó en aquella cara marcada por los años, y se veía aquella expresión de sorpresa del niño que descubre el mundo. Y en realidad lo estaba redescubriendo, volviendo a ver después de varios años en los que un velo de ceguera había apagado la luz de sus ojos.
A los pocos minutos se levantó y caminó a la salida del hospital ya sin ninguna ayuda rumbo a redescubrir ese mundo que había perdido……..
Ese día sentí una profunda admiración por ese médico: mi padre.
Quiero dedicar la foto de esta escultura tomada en el Carter Center en conmemoración a los esfuerzos por erradicar la ceguera: a mi abuelo Eduardo, a mi padre Marcelo, a mi madre Rosario y a mi hermana Ximena todos ellos oftalmólogos. Mi profunda admiración por su devoción en esa increíble labor de darle luz al mundo.

A child leads a Blind person, sculpture by R. T. Wallen 1995 at Carter Cednter Atlanta GA.

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