Christmas greetings from the ARCH desk as yet another year draws to a close.
2018 has been a quieter year for us, which we hope means that there are fewer people falling between the cracks in our health system. However, we remain committed to addressing any unmet need both in Auckland and further afield.
As we head into the summer holidays, I wanted to share with you one of the many personal stories which make our job so satisfying.
Glennis Keoghan was at risk of losing her driving license because of cataracts. Not being allowed to drive would have affected her hugely. Not only does she find walking any distance difficult, but Glennis is also the sole caregiver for her housebound husband.
Two weeks ago, through the generosity of an ophthalmology team working under the ARCH banner, Glennis received cataract surgery pro bono. The very next day, her vision was so improved she no longer required glasses to drive, something she has not been able to do since her 20s!
Glennis has been described as a pillar in her community and someone who has over the years selflessly offered her support to many. We are thrilled to have been able to have such a positive impact on her life – a difference which will no doubt be beneficial to others too. This is what ARCH is all about – a community stepping forward to help solve a problem.