When she was a little child Lar Pone Awar suffered an injury to her lower eyelid. As she reached her teenage years the resulting disfigurement became more of an embarrassment to her. She sought help from a hospital where she lives, in Karen State, Burma. The best they could do was to offer her eyedrops.
But then someone told her about Mae Tao Clinic in neighbouring Thailand. There volunteer surgeons from the United Kingdom perform cataract operations and other sight-restoring surgery that transforms the lives of people who cannot afford to pay for treatment.
In the unusual case of Lar Pone Awar, the result of the operation was simply cosmetic, bringing her eyelid into a better position. But it was extremely important nevertheless to the well-being of a girl on the threshold of adulthood.
Blythswood Care contributes to the cost of eye operations at Mae Tao Clinic, which in many cases restore the ability of patients to work and to provide again for their families.
Photo above: Lar Pone Awar on the day on which her stitches were removed: she was delighted with the result