EDINA, Minn -- Of all the pictures Sandy Schley has ever taken, the snapshot of the little Kenyan boy with the crossed eyes has proved to be her most important.
Moses Mwaura, a six-year-old with being raised by his mother, caught Schley's attention while the district governor for Rotary International visited Moses' village. "The first time I saw him he was barefoot in tattered clothes," she recalled.
But it was the eyes that stuck with Schley. Sad crossed eyes captured in her photos and later shared at a meeting of the Edina Noon Rotary club.
"Charlie Barer, my own ophthalmologist, came up to me and said 'Sandy, would you like to have Moses' eyes fixed.'" Schley says the offer nearly brought her to tears. Things just sort of took off from there.
Before long Dr. Charles Barer had his colleagues on board at Edina Eye Physicians and Surgeons. "I thought this was a way of hopefully helping him lead a more normal life."
A Rotarian at Delta Airlines lined up a free flight.
A lawyer in Rotary volunteered to do the legal work for Moses' trip.
Brad Beard, the president of Fairview Southdale Hospital - and another Rotarian - offered use of an emergency room, nurses and an anesthesiologist.
And since Moses was going to be in the Twin Cities anyway, Rotarian and dentist Dr. Angela Wandera offered to take care of his dental work at her Eden Prairie clinic. "I think this will be his first structured dental appointment," she said. "I have something that he could probably use. Why not?"
Thursday afternoon an excited Schley waited for Moses in the baggage area at MSP International Airport. "For all of these people to step forward and donate their professional expertise, it's just amazing to me," she said, wiping away tears.
Tim Murphy, yet another Rotarian, picked up Moses in Kenya and escorted him on his flight to the Twin Cities. "His mother and his next youngest brother saw him off at the airport and they had tears in their eyes," said Murphy. "She couldn't thank us enough."
If all goes well, Moses should be on his way back to Kenya - eyes fixed -- on April 2nd.
"It's just a huge outpouring of love and caring," said Schley.
The boy with wandering eyes, wandered into the right community of angels.
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