YouTuber MrBeast helps 1,000 blind people regain their sight

YouTuber MrBeast helps 1000 blind people regain their sight

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An American YouTuber has helped 1,000 visually impaired people around the world regain their vision by paying for their operation.

“We are curing the blindness of a thousand of people,” Jimmy Donaldson, aka MrBeast, mentioned in the introduction to his video which reached 62 million views on Tuesday in just two days.

The video features a montage of reactions patients regaining their sight after their operation. The youtubeur even took the opportunity to offer money and gifts to some participants.

It was thanks to the help of Dr. Jeff Levenson, ophthalmologist and surgeon, that MrBeast began his project with the first round of operations in Jacksonville, Florida. This is a cause close to Dr. Levenson's heart, having coordinated the Gift of Sight program for over 20 years. This program offers the operation to people who are legally blind due to their cataracts.

“Half of all blindness cases in the world are people who need 10-minute surgery” , he explained in the video.

In an interview with CNN, the ophthalmologist mentioned that he wanted to offer access to cataract correction after having himself undergone this procedure.

“In the days and weeks after my own cataract surgery, I was amazed at how bright, beautiful and alive the world was,” he said. But I was shocked to think that there are hundreds of millions, probably 200 million people in the world who are blind or nearly blind from cataracts and don't have access to surgery. .

Not knowing the youtubeur, the doctor said he was happy not to have hung up when he was contacted by a member of his team. They then busied themselves with contacting drop-in centers and free clinics to establish a list of patients who needed cataract correction but could not afford it.

According to Dr. Levenson, the patients were “in disbelief that someone was looking for them to save them from blindness”.

The ophthalmologist then put the MrBeast team in touch with “SEE International” to offer the intervention to people in Jamaica, Honduras, Namibia, Mexico, Indonesia, Brazil, Vietnam and Kenya.

“If MrBeast can start a fire, and if we can get government support and private, we can put an end to half of all blindness in the world”, concluded Dr. Levenson who hopes that the gesture of the youtuber will inspire many.

MrBeast is the most followed youtuber in the world. world. He is particularly known for his videos in which we see him appealing to his fans for donations to support charities or people in need.