In August, we provided our first surgery ever for a child in Thailand. Check out the following story and photos of Pansa from our friend, Robert Reagan, in Chiang Mai, Thailand:
I couldn’t take my eyes off her cute face and lazy eye as I walked to an ATM at a gas station.
About 30 years ago my buddy, Dr. Bruce Woodall, told me, “Most people put a patch on the lazy eye, but they need to put it on the good eye to force the lazy eye to use its muscles.”
For some reason, I felt it was my duty to communicate this with Pansa’s grandmother, who works at a gas station near my house.
I took a photo and sent it to Dr. Woodall, who recommended I take her to a doctor.
It just happens that my neighbor is a Christian and a doctor. He recommended a respected eye doctor at a local hospital.
So I arranged with the grandmother to take little Pansa to meet me at the hospital to consult with the eye doctor.
The doctor recommended Pansa wear an eye patch on the good eye for 2-3 hours every day to strengthen the eye muscles to see if that would be enough for the lazy eye to correct itself.
Every few months, we would go back to see the eye doctor, but wearing the eye patch didn’t seem to be helping correct her lazy eye.
The doctor recommended increasing the time of wearing the eye patch to 4-6 hours a day. But even after several months, there wasn’t much improvement.
So the doctor began to talk about the possibility of surgery to correct her lazy eye. Surgery would be about $2,000-$3,000.
I believe that when God calls you to something, you never make a decision based on money.
So I began making arrangements for Pansa’s surgery even though I didn’t yet know how to pay for it.
If I feel HE is calling me to a certain task, then HE will supply the funds and people more talented than me to accomplish the task.
Coincidentally, I met Jeff Robertson at the Asian Mission Forum last year. Jeff is the Executive Director for a non-government organization called Agape Asia Foundation, which helps orphaned children and children in need of medical surgeries.
So I contacted Jeff and sent him all of the hospital receipts and pictures. After sending additional medical documentation, Jeff said they would cover the expenses.
Praise God for always making a way for HIS blessings to reach HIS people.
Little Pansa’s family are not Christians, but they know I am a Christian and that other Christians around the world have made Pansa’s surgery possible.
~ by Robert Reagan