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.

TKCI gives confidence and hope to patients

For Ahmad Fady, 36, hailing from Kuwait, the past 6 years surely have been a tough ride. Worried with the sudden and frequent fluctuations in his eye power, he visited the ophthalmologists and was diagnosed with Keratoconus in 2011. He was advised to undergo a corneal transplant and as this procedure is only reserved for Kuwaitians, he had to travel to his native country Egypt for the treatment. After a detailed examination, corneal rings were implanted in both his eyes, following which his condition worsened further.

In 2014, Ahmad consulted a visiting Russian consultant in Dubai and was informed that the thickness of his cornea was reducing for which a corneal transplant needed to performed; but this would only stop the corneas from becoming thin and would not lead to any vision improvement. Disheartened, Ahmad decided against the surgery. But his wife was determined and after a series of tele - consultations with doctors in Spain, France, England and USA, short-listed USA for further treatment. It was then that one of their Indian friends suggested LVPEI. Ahmad did a quick internet search about the institute and dropped an email for which he received a prompt response. In February 2016, they made their first visit to LVPEI.  Dr Somasheila Murthy from TKCI at LVPEI assured them that they would be able to treat his keratoconus with an advanced corneal surgery called - Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty. In March 2016, Ahmad underwent DALK in his right eye and within a month was driving to work! In his recent visit to the institute, he also underwent a corneal transplant in his left eye. Very happy with the results, Ahmad says, “TKCI gives confidence and hope to so many patients; I have recommended it to all my friends in Kuwait and Egypt!”

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

My son Jai

My son Jai was born in November 2015 in Delhi with left eye corneal opacity. A doctor referred us to LVPEI Hyderabad for a corneal transplant, the best place for small kids according to him.
At our first visit with Dr Pravin V Krishna, after a long day of tests, he told us that the chances were quite few in this particular case. Jai was having cold and cough so we returned to Delhi feeling hopeless. After a month, we went back for more tests and finally God listened to our prayers. All tests were clear and Dr Muralidhar Ramappa did the surgery in May 2016. He's the best doctor we have ever met - so polite, so gentle. Till date we have travelled to Hyderabad seven times and he has always helped in every possible way. The staff is very friendly and committed. The huge hospital is well maintained in terms of cleanliness and hygiene.
I'm also thankful to people who donate corneas. Because of them, Jai didn't have to wait for his surgery. Now he can see through both his eyes. I would advise parents to choose the best for their child - LVPEI Hyderabad. We don't need to tell them kids are a priority because they know it all. They have a separate level designed especially for kids. You can see kids from different parts of the world waiting here.
Thank you Dr Muralidhar Ramappa and LVPEI Hyderabad. Keep spreading smiles like this.
Grateful mom,
Dimpy Gupta

No more confined to the house

Shyam, 51, from Bishnuguda village in Rayagada district, Odisha, is a daily wage labourer earning Rs 200 a day. Some years back, owing to decreased vision, he had to give up work and was confined to the house. An LVPEI staff member of Nariandas and Morbai Budhrani Eye Centre advised a check-up. He was diagnosed with cataract in both eyes by Dr Suchismitha Mishra and underwent surgery. Shyam now lives a happy and independent life.

Simple squint surgery changes life

Wanishree, 39, from Nimapara in Puri distirct, Odisha, had an outward squint and was subject to ridicule. Unaware that this could be treated, she accepted it as fate. Things changed when her son joined MBBS. On his advice, she visited the strabismus clinic at LVPEI Bhubaneswar and was treated by Dr Vivek Warkad. Her squint corrected, she now strives to create awareness among other patients in her local community.