The Story of Viergenie: A Clearer Future

On January 17th and 18th International Child Care hosted a Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) team from Ohio. The team performed eye exams for local Haitians as part of a Medical Mission Education Encounter trip. In just two days, the team saw over 1,000 patients and distributed free eye glasses. If any surgical conditions were diagnosed, each patient was referred to the eye clinic at Grace Children's Hospital for follow-up.

Viergenie Lochard of Carrefour, 67, is one patient who benefitted from the generous services of the VOSH team. Viergenie is blessed with eight children and eight grand children. However, problems with her vision has made life very difficult. Viergenie lost her left leg in the January 12, 2010 earthquake. It was also at this time that she first started experiencing problems with her vision.

Viergenie heard about the clinic through her church. Eager to improve her vision, she visited the clinic on the 17th where she received an eye examination and a pair of glasses. She has been referred to the eye clinic for follow up where she will continue to receive care. For now, Viergenie is happy to see well and to "read [her] bible every day."