Siddhyagopal's story

The Divine Gift of Sight, Restoring the Vision of a Holy Man

Siddhyagopal is a sadhu-a holy man in the Hindu religion-that renounces his family, home and belongings, detaching himself from worldly relations to pray and meditate in a solitary existence.


When he arrived at the hospital, doctors diagnosed a severe, mature cataract.

In September of 2014, Siddhyagopal noticed changes in his vision. A devotee at the temple observed that Siddhyagopal was having difficulty seeing and decided to bring him to a cataract outreach screening camp organized by Sadguru Netra Chikitsalaya. Sadguru Netra Chikitsalaya is one of HelpMeSee’s largest partner hospitals. It lies about twelve hours east of New Delhi by train and its surgeons have completed over 92,000 sight-restoring surgeries with our support.

This May Siddhyagopal traveled from Hamirpur to Chitrakoot in the camp’s van where an initial examination determined he had a cataract. Siddhyagopal received Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS) the next day.


A post-operative vision test determined that Siddhyagopal’s procedure was successful, the outcome was recorded in HelpMeSee’s cloud-based medical records system. Before leaving an in-patient counselor provided post-operative medicines and instructions for the trip home.


Living alone with a visual impairment Saiddhyagopal was anxious, "But I have been taken care of. I have no words to express my gratitude! God bless."