Sridevi Kolusu hailing from Veeravalli village in Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh, lost her husband to kidney failure. She single-handedly supported her two children by stitching clothes for other people. Things became even more difficult when her 12 year old son, Devicharan, started complaining of vision problem. The doctors at one of the locally renowned hospitals informed her that nothing could be done and he would have to live with it. Owing to her bleak financial condition, and with a heavy heart, she put Devicharan in an orphanage, hoping that he would at least get the basic nutrition and education.
LVPEI, with support from Lions Club International Foundation, organized an eye screening program where Devicharan was identified and referred to LVPEI's Vijayawada campus. Diagnosed with a retinal eye problem, he underwent a surgery. He can now see, and it is heartening to see joy on his mother's face and her hope for a brighter future for Devicharan. “I owe my life to the institute for this huge help,” said the delighted Sridevi.