YouTuber MrBeast, known for holding an individual record for subscribers on the video platform last November, 1,000 people who were functionally blind but could not afford surgery were paid for cataract surgery. The video, released on Saturday (28), has so far reached 46 million views.
The youtuber, whose real name is Jimmy Donaldson, shows the before and after images of patients with clear vision after the surgery, in the broadcast he published on YouTube with the title “1000 blind people who see for the first time”.
Although cataract surgery in Brazil is offered free of charge by the Unified Health System (SUS), in most countries it is a procedure limited to a few people. “Half of the blind people in the world are people who need a 10-minute surgery.”, says Jeff Levenson, the doctor who operated on Donaldson’s patients.
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Doctor. Levenson, who has coordinated the “Gif of Sight” program for underserved populations for more than 20 years. CNN who decided to help people get cataract surgery after making his own correction. He said he was “shocked” at the fact that 200 million people in the world were “blind or nearly blind”, despite being “astonished at how bright, beautiful and vibrant the world is”. Because I couldn’t pay for the surgery.
In September 2022, the MrBeast team contacted Levenson and operated on 40 patients enrolled in homeless shelters and free clinics in the Jacksonville area in a single day (7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.). The ophthalmologist also introduced the team to the nonprofit SEE International, of which he is the medical director.
Humanitarian organization providing eye care worldwide, Donaldson complete 1,000 surgeries in approximately three weeksIn different countries like Jamaica, Honduras, Namibia, Mexico, Indonesia, Brazil, Vietnam and Kenya.
I don’t understand why curable blindness is a thing. Why don’t governments step in and help? Even if you think about it purely from a financial standpoint, it’s hard to see how people aren’t affected by the taxes that come with being able to work again.
— MrBeast (@MrBeast) January 30, 2023
Source: Tec Mundo