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Capturing a miracle on film

Winesi March sees his grandson for the first time Photo: Rachel Palmer/Fieldcraft Studios

A woman from Devon has captured the moment a blind man's sight was restored, as part of a project in Malawi in Africa. Rachel Palmer filmed the operation, which was broadcast live on the internet around the world.

Winesi March had been blind for two years because of cataracts Credit: Rachel Palmer/Fieldcraft Studios

Mr Winesi March, a 69-year-old farmer, was completely blind because of cataracts. He hasn't been able to see for two years. The film crew captured the moment he laid eyes on his 18 month old grandson Luka for the first time. The family was so moved they got up and danced around the hospital ward.

The operation to restore his sight took just five minutes and cost £30. Cataracts are the world's leading cause of blindness. 20 million people are blind because of the condition, most of them in poorer parts of the world.

Everyone felt like dancing after the success of Mr March's operation Credit: Rachel Palmer/Fieldcraft Studios

Mr Winesi's operation was funded by the charity Sightsavers, which has launched a new appeal, called 'A Million Miracles' to try to restore the sight of a million people around the world.

You can read more about the appeal here: http://millionmiracles.org/

And we have footage of the moment Mr Winesi discovered he could see again, courtesy of Sightsavers.