Thursday, October 29, 2009

The torch bearer

Meet Doctor Sanduk Ruit, a Co-Director of Himalayan Cataract Project. His is face known to numerous hospitals around the world.

Dr. Sanduk Ruit’s soul mission had been, and continues to be, to bring eyesight back to anyone who needs it, regardless of his or her ability to pay — and to do so with pre- and post-operative care that rivals the highest quality health care throughout the world.

“The surgical chair is the most comfortable place on Earth that I have,” said the doctor working tirelessly at the operating table.

Dr. Ruit helped found the Tilganga Eye Centre in 1994. Because many of the poor and blind cannot make it to Kathmandu, Dr. Ruit reaches out to them by trekking into remote parts of Nepal and throughout the Himalayas.

Dr. Ruit held the conviction that all people with treatable blindness have the right to restored eyesight; and further, that people in developing countries deserve access to the same quality of care and technology as people in the developed world.

He had been in the country on the invitation of our Queen mother Ashi Kezang Choden Wangchuck said, “I think your queen mother loves you all so much because she always insists that we come to Bhutan and treat Bhutanese patients.”

Himalayan Cataract Project was founded in 1995. Since then it has become a leader in international health innovation in the developing world based on its unrivaled model in eye care.

On his way to Thimphu, the doctor had successfully operated on 150 patients in Phuntsholing. The project brought light in the lives of more than two hundred patients in Thimphu.

Ap Tshering, 65 from Trongsa was one of the patients operated on. The doctor is hopeful and confident that within three days, patients like Tshering will be able to see clearly if not better.

Now that’s what we should call an ‘embodiment’ of a good Doc.

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