Without hope, parents and children are unable to make informed decisions, have meaningful relationships or experience joy and meaning in life. They frequently abandon treatment, leading to great suffering and often death of the child who might otherwise have been cured, even with simple eye removal surgery.
The degree of hopefulness we have is influenced by the amount of love and encouragement we receive from people around us. Hope increases energy, courage, trust in the doctors, self belief, motivation and compliance with treatment. Fear and pessimism are reduced, and the child’s quality of life is improved.