Rorisang Kgosana
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20 Jun 2021
8:23 am

Giving sight to the blind – Vaal doctor’s free, life-changing work in rural Mpumalanga

Rorisang Kgosana

Dr Sachin Bawa sacrifices his private practice and family time, believing that for every set of eyes he restores, he uplifts an entire family

Dr. Sachin Bawa, Ophthalmic surgeon in the surgery room ahead of the day's cataract operations at the Tintswalo Hospital, Acornhoek in Mpumalanga, 18 June 2021. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Sitting in a cold theatre room with an elderly woman laying next to him ahead of a cataract surgery on Friday morning, ophthalmologist Dr Sachin Bawa is about to start the second of a two day cataract blitz, performing multiple restorative surgeries on those who would otherwise never see clearly again. The patients he serves here don't have to pay for his services, and he actually sacrifices his own time and money, since being here means taking leave from his day-job to volunteer his skills in restoring vision to the surrounding communities of Acornhoek, Mpumalanga. For the fourth time this...