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I Don't Want These Eyes

By Dan Reany
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CBN.com — All of her life, Anya has been shy and insecure because she has a problem with one of her eyes.

“I want to have surgery very much and I don't want people to tease me any more,” says Anya. “People can be so cruel.”

When her classmates tease her, it’s difficult to concentrate on her schoolwork.  Most days Anya returns home upset, and looks to her mother for comfort.

“I don’t like going to school because kids are so mean to me,” says Anya. “It’s hard just to be there.”

A simple surgery could straighten Anya’s eyes, improve her vision, and spare her the insults she hears daily at school. But with a low income and four small children at home, the family only has enough money for the basic necessities. 

“We are constantly short on money, and we have nothing to pay for this surgery,” says Anya.  

In spite of their desperate situation, Anya held on to hope.

“I believe in God, so I asked him to give me nice eyes, so no one would make fun of me, and people would like me,” says Anya.

One day a team of doctors from a medical outreach sponsored by CBN came to Anya’s village. When Anya learned about the outreach she went by herself to see the ophthalmologist.

Irina Aleksandrovna is the Orphan’s Promise ophthalmologist. “I immediately noticed her eyes and the fact that this girl was very self-conscious and it was difficult for her to socialize with others. I realized that having surgery would help her see better, and help her be received more normally in society. “

CBN paid for Anya’s surgery, and within a week she went back home feeling transformed.  

Anya’s mother Katya noticed an immediate difference.“She was constantly happy and couldn’t help rejoicing. My husband and I were very happy for our daughter.”

“I noticed that people were no longer staring at me when I walked down the street,” says Anya. “I’m not afraid to go to school anymore because nobody makes fun of me. I feel more confident when I talk to people. I have made new friends and my life is so much better. Thank you very much for making me beautiful, improving my sight, and giving me a new outlook on life. I am very grateful to you.”

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