YouTuber MrBeast Helps Cure 1,000 People’s Blindness

MrBeast Cures 1000 People's Blindness

Photo: Screenshot from MrBeast/YouTube

Since he began making YouTube videos 11 years ago, Jimmy Donaldson—better known as MrBeast—has gained over 130 million subscribers. Over time, the 24-year-old American YouTuber's approach to creating content has changed as well. Many of his videos focus on giving back in various ways, like planting trees and donating to charities. His most recent endeavor: paying for people's life-changing surgery.

Titled 1,000 Blind People See For the First Time, this eight-minute-long video has garnered 54 million views in just two days. It documents MrBeast meeting and paying for 1,000 people's eye surgery, and the emotional aftermath of being able to see again. “Half of the blindness in the world is people who need a 10-minute surgery,” the doctor in the video explains. However, due to medical costs or access to healthcare, the people MrBeast helps—who come from around the globe—were unable to access this procedure.

All of the participants left with the ability to see again, and some were also given $10,000. A high school senior was gifted $50,000 for college, and another man was presented with a Tesla. While the feat is heartwarming and changed many people's lives, it also highlighted how many individuals worldwide cannot attain this 10-minute operation. “I don’t understand why curable blindness is a thing,” MrBeast comments on Twitter. “Why don’t governments step in and help? Even if you’re thinking purely from a financial standpoint it’s hard to see how they don’t roi on taxes from people being able to work again.”

Though he’s certainly changed these people’s lives forever and has brought awareness to the troubling issues surrounding the ties between healthcare and economic status, some have found MrBeast's approach to charity troubling and see it as a way for him to generate more views for his channel. Some have gone so far as to point the finger at MrBeast for exploiting people in need and then gaining monetarily from it. Of course, the discourse goes both ways as others have defended the YouTuber's video because of how it has positively impacted the lives of those featured in it and how it promotes the act of giving back whenever possible.

If you'd like to help support people in need of help due to vision issues, the video's caption includes a link to SEE International—a charitable organization that provides “free eyecare to those around the world that may otherwise not have access to treatment.”

American YouTuber MrBeast paid for 1,000 people's cataract surgery, curing them of their blindness.

MrBeast Cures 1000 People's Blindness

Photo: Screenshot from MrBeast/YouTube

This life-changing procedure requires just 10 minutes but can cost thousands of dollars in the States.

Watch this video to learn more about how it happened:

Some have criticized MrBeast for his video and the authenticity of his philanthropy.

Though there are disagreements arguing both sides, one common consensus is that this is striking up a much-needed conversation about healthcare and how all people should have access to it.

To help support an organization that provides free eyecare to those in need around the world, you can make a charitable donation to SEE International.

MrBeast: YouTube | Twitter
h/t: [TIME]

All images via Jimmy Donaldson / MrBeast.

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. She wrote and illustrated an instructional art book about how to draw cartoons titled 'Cartooning Made Easy: Circle, Triangle, Square' that was published by Walter Foster in 2022.
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