Please help save the sight of a premature baby

Jeick was going blind from the moment he was born! In Peru, a mother named Luz gave birth to a boy over 11 weeks early. Terrified that her son might die, he weighed less than 2.5 lbs. at birth, she soon learned that her son was also going blind.

Little Jeick was diagnosed with Retinopathy of Prematurity, or ROP, and it threatened to permanently damage his sight.

Luz had to leave Jeick in the hospital after just three days . . . . while he stayed for another two months. Her doctor scheduled Jeick for sight-saving surgery right away, but Luz was having trouble just affording the bus fare to the hospital.

And that’s when CBM supporters stepped in and funded the family’s transportation and treatment.

This Mother’s Day I wish to help mothers like Luz and her baby Jeick!

I’m sure you can appreciate the joy and relief when doctors told Luz that the laser treatment had gone well and Jeick’s sight was corrected—he could see clearly.

Around the world, half of all infants developing ROP are in South America where hospitals lack the basic tools and training to check that a premature baby’s eyes are growing normally. If a child is born prematurely and blood vessels have not fully developed, some areas of the retina will not receive enough oxygen. This leads to internal bleeding and the resulting scarring damages the baby’s sight forever.

Jeick was screened for ROP because the hospital staff had been trained by CBM’s partners in Lima.

But imagine how many children you could save from a lifetime of blindness through your generous gift.

A donation of $300, $100, or even $50 could provide laser treatment which will enable a new born baby to see help, or provide low vision aids for the continuing care of a child treated for ROP; and pay for a health worker to make follow-up visits to ensure a child’s vision continues to improve.

Other families are now waiting for help.

So many people living in poverty do not have access to eye care. That’s why our Christian values teach us to care for one another.

As for little Jeick, his mother explained how very grateful she is for the treatment that Jeick received thanks to the program and is very happy that her “angelito de dios” (little angel of God) is doing so well now.

I certainly hope this story warms your heart as much as it does mine. How fortunate we are to be able to do God’s work.


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