Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Our son is now able to see the colours and sights of the world

Our child was born healthy in Patnagarh. But 12 hours after his birth, he cried relentlessly and did not take milk. The next day he suffered a fit and the attending doctor put him to oxygen. A sequence of referrals for specialized care to arrest our baby's seizures followed - the Special Care Unit for newborn babies at the district hospital in Balangir, the VIMSAR Burla Neonatal Care Unit, NIMHANS in Bangalore, and then AIIMS at Bhubaneswar. It was at AIIMS that a pediatric professor said our baby’s vision was affected and the related nerves were probably damaged beyond recovery. We were referred to Dr Vivek Warkad at LVPEI Bhubaneswar.  

At LVPEI, Dr Warkad conducted a surgery. Thereafter he advised “vision rehabilitation” with different materials, coloured lights and balls, etc, which we regularly keep up with. Now, our son is able to identify his father, mother and others using vision and sound. He also identifies primary colours, common animals and birds, even from a distance of 10m! We are grateful to God, LVPEI and especially to Dr Warkad that our son is able to see the colours and sights of the world.

Nirupama and Tanmaya Kumar Panigrahi

Parents of Ashirbad Panigrahi  

The joy of sight for the joy of their life

Nima with her father and uncle
A failed retinal detachment surgery a couple of years back resulted in complete vision loss in the right eye for little Nima Elmi Said of Somalia. When she complained of similar symptoms in her left eye, her family became very apprehensive and wanted only the best treatment for her this time. “A doctor friend in Somalia convinced us to seek treatment at LVPEI. Our fears were put to rest when we interacted with Dr Padmaja Kumari Rani and had first-hand experience of the systematic manner in this hospital,” says Mohamed Salah, Nima’s uncle. Nima successfully underwent a retinal detachment surgery on the 3rd November 2016 and is making good progress. The family is thrilled that Nima will no longer have to live a life in darkness and will be able to continue her studies.

“For future consultations, Dr Rani has even connected us with a specialist in Kenya who has been trained at LVPEI, so we won’t need to come all the way to India every time. This is surely more than we expected!” says the delighted uncle.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Regaining lost confidence

When Salan Bage, 61, visited the OCL Eye Centre in Rajgangpur, Odisha for the first time, he was depressed and worried about his family's future. He owned a petty shop, was the sole earner for his family, but had developed optic atrophy (damage of optic nerves), which had resulted in irreversible vision loss.

Following a detailed eye examination, he was referred to the vision rehabilitation department at the centre. There he received training on daily living, mobility skills, and on how to use the money identifier. Thanks to this training, he is once again able to work in his shop along with his son. Confident of moving around independently with the help of his white cane, he came to the centre all by himself during his last follow-up visit. His regained confidence has also restored happiness in his life.       

An unforgettable handshake

Dr Mayank Mahajan from Agra is currently one of the two fellow doctors posted at the Kuchakulla Ramachandra Reddy Eye Centre, Thoodukurty, Nagarkurnool district, Telangana. His most memorable experience at the centre thus far: “I operated a deaf and mute lady who had bilateral dense cataract, hampering her vision in both the eyes. It was very difficult to make her understand that she will be undergoing a surgery - gesticulation was the only way possible! The surgery was uneventful and the patient was discharged the next day. After a week, the patient was examined for routine follow-up. She shook my hand and tears poured out from her eyes, probably the only way for her to express happiness. It was indeed an unforgettable handshake!"

Friday, 21 October 2016

Providing hope to a 3 month old baby from rural India

Baby of Jaya and Sumith was born with severe corneal opacity with very small eyes (a corneal condition called sclerocornea with micropthalmos). She underwent cornea transplant at the tender age of 3 months. The surgery was done by Dr Sunita Chaurasia. Their shy baby girl is now 5 years old and can see very well. She goes to school and is able to manage her routine independently.

Now in safe hands

Le Gia Quoc Anh, 16, hailing from Vietnam, started using contact lenses a year back to treat myopia. Initially, the lenses suited him good, but then suddenly after three months, he developed red eye. He was diagnosed with corneal ulcer and was given antibiotics. But the ulcer left behind  a corneal scar in his right eye. Eventually, he complained of blurred vision and was advised to undergo a corneal transplant.

Vietnam has very few Eye Banks and majorly imports corneal tissues from USA for performing corneal transplants. As a result the waiting period for these surgeries is approximately 3 weeks.
His mother’s friend, Dr Kahn, who is also their ophthalmologist, had done her cornea fellowship at LVPEI in 2007-8. At this juncture, taking into consideration the severity of the problem and the young age of Le Gia, they wanted only the best treatment for him. Dr Kahn had high regard for the specialized doctors at TKCI, LVPEI and strongly recommended consulting them. Their first visit to the institute was on 4 October 2016. After performing a detailed examination, a lamellar corneal transplant surgery has been planned under the skillful hands of Dr Prashant Garg. Le Gia will be undergoing a DALK (Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty) surgery as this will minimize the post surgery complications. TKCI is one of the few centres in the world to have the expertise of performing DALK surgery. The family is hopeful that the surgery will be a success and Le Gia will be able to see like before.


Little Najia will now be able to read to her heart’s content

Little Najia Safi, 9, from Afghanistan, wants to one day become a journalist, just like her father. On 5 October 2016, Dr Pravin Krishna Vaddavalli performed a corneal transplant on her right eye. Experiencing blurred vision earlier, she can now see clearly from her right eye.

Extremely fond of reading, even as we were interacting with her father, she was engrossed in going through the informative brochures that were handed over to them along with the patient file. She is a  brilliant student academically and her father is now happy that she will now be able to continue her studies.

When Najia was very young, she would constantly rub her eyes. The doctors there diagnosed it as a simple allergy, as her father also had the same problem. But the warning bells started ringing when one day she complained to her father that she was not able to copy the notes from the blackboard. Also they noticed that her left eye was turning gray and the eyeball looked protruded.

Owing to the lack of advanced medical technology in their country to treat such eye disorders, they were advised to consult the specialists in India. “I extensively researched about the various eye hospitals and was happy with what I read about TKCI at LVPEI. Despite the fact that Delhi would have been more economical for us, I decided to bring her to LVPEI in Hyderabad,” says her father, Mohd Safar Safi.  Najia will also be undergoing a surgery in her left eye after a few months.

“Our entire experience has been amazing. We will forever remember the affection that Dr Pravin has shown towards our little girl. Undoubtedly, he has now has become her favorite doctor,” says the delighted father.