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Moving Stories
Moving hearts and stirring souls across the seven seas
As an eye care centre with a mission to dispel darkness and spread the light of vision, delivering world class eye care to the rich and poor with a personal touch, Sankara Nethralaya has won the hearts and left an indelible impression in the minds of people not just in India but across the world. We take great pleasure in sharing a few moving and motivating stories that took place in the USA for the pleasure of our readers.

A silent ‘Thank You” from a departed friend
It is more than two decades that Mrs. Kamala EV Subba Rao stepped into Sankara Nethralaya as a patient of Dr SS.Badrinath, the quality of treatment and gentle care that she received and what she perceived during her stay impressed her highly and like many others the noble lady who came as a patient left the hospital premises as its good friend. The treatment she received, revived good vision in both her eyes, leaving her relieved and happy and filled her with a sense of deep gratitude, a gratitude so strong that it remained green and turned stronger with the passing of the years. Shrimathi Kamala Subba Rao breathed her last in the year 2003 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and in a most touching gesture and in compliance of the departed soul’s last wish her husband Shri Subba Rao made a most touching appeal to all those who came to bid their final farewell, not to bring flowers but to contribute the money that they would spend on buying the same to the OM Trust to help Sankara Nethralaya in offering cost free eye care to the poor and needy.

When high walls ceased to be a boundary to compassion
Moved by the emphatic appeal of Shri Subba Rao a friend of the family whom destiny had confined to the high walls of a penitentiary in Pennsylvania made a contribution of $10 in deference to the last wish of the noble soul, a contribution which assumes significance if one takes into account that the donor was unmindful of his own personal misery and made his heartfelt contribution from the few pennies that he made by laboring in the prison. The note accompanying the donation expressed that it is his admiration for the service rendered by Sankara Nethralaya and deference to the last wish of a family friend that made him make the contribution.

A teenager’s indomitable passion for service and indomitable will make a difference
Tanya Khasnavis a student from the Emory University, Atlanta, USA visited Sankara Nethralaya as an observer and complete her externship, as part of her academics. It was apparent from day one that she was not the average visitor making a routine visit. Consultants and employees recall the sparkle in her eyes as she went about observing, asking questions and sharing her concern, it was a fun and learning visit for the aspiring medico as she mingled freely with poor patients at a community camp helping a villager to communicate to the doctors by translating his words from her native Telugu to English, clicking pictures of the village school children who had gathered to watch the camp. It was apparent that her stay and what she saw left an indelible impression in the youngster’s mind. Almost a year later this spirit and deep rooted desire to do something for Sankara Nethralaya’s community services took the form of “Andaaz’ a multicultural entertainment extravaganza, a single handed effort which combined the diverse talent of her class mates at the Emory College for a noble cause. The programme was a great success in terms of creating awareness on Sankara Nethralaya’s philosophy and the need to support its noble cause. What made the fund raiser very special was that it was the single handed effort of a teenager and the funds collected came as contributions from highly impressed fellow students, parting from their meager pocket money.

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