Seven-year-old Lekha Pun Magar has a small bag of belongings at her feet and a big smile on her face.
Lekha and her family lives in small village 440 kilometres north west of Kathmandu.
For the first time in her life, Lekha will be going to school with her four sisters and all her friends.
It may be hard to imagine now, as we watch her riding a rocking horse in the playroom, her face lit up with joy, but just a few days previously, Lekha had been brought in to the hospital with both eyes completely shut.
She’d been blinded by corneal damage caused by typhoid and Vitamin A deficiency.
When she wasn’t clinging to her mother’s kurtha salwar, Lekha would hunch up by herself in a corner, withdrawn from the world, unable to do anything for herself or play with other children.
There seemed little hope of leading a fulfilling life.
But under the skillful care of the hospital’s leading corneal surgeon, Dr Reeta Gurung, Lekha can see again.
After her bandages were removed and she took in her surroundings, she gazed at her mother in astonishment, and began exploring her surroundings.
One of her eyes still needs further treatment, but the transformation has already been dramatic.
“Like a plant unfurling towards the sun,” is how one of the doctors described Lekha after her surgery.
This little miracle is just one of thousands seen every year at the hospital.