At our eye screening, Pulcherie made her way carefully through the crowd with her baby wrapped on her back. We were dismayed to see a white, cloud-like corneal scar in her right eye, which was beyond repair. Thankfully the cataract in her left eye could be fixed. Pulcherie had never even seen her baby girl. “I know her by the feel of her nose, her hands and the smell of her hair,” Pulcherie said quietly.
A month later, she received a free cataract surgery on board our floating hospital. Pulcherie was overjoyed to see her daughter for the first time. A few months later, she found work to support herself and her daughter… and hasn’t stopped smiling when she looks at her baby girl.