Monday, 6 February 2017

Little Pruthvi is the eyes of his parents

Like other children, Pruthvi enjoys going to school and playing. But unlike other 4-year olds, Pruthvi helps his parents with mundane tasks at home, a happiness that his family has secured thanks to the parents' vigilance.

Congenital cataract and delayed care had caused vision loss for Pruthvi's parents. Aware of the high risk involved, they had brought their baby over for a detailed eye check, right after his birth, and at the tender age of 6 weeks, Pruthvi had undergone a successful cataract surgery at LVPEI's Vijayawada campus.

The happy parents now no longer depend on Pruthvi's grandparents or uncle to escort them to the hospital for check-ups. “We now have Pruthvi to help us around,” they proudly say.

“It   is  indeed  inspiring  and  motivating  to  see  how  timely  medical intervention  can  change the  lives  of a child and his family as well,” says Dr Niranjan K Pehere.

Chennamma's wellbeing

Nalagati Venkata Chennamma was born with visual and intellectual impairment. Prohibitive costs and Chennamma's behavioural issues prevented the family from seeking medical treatment. At age 20, a mandatory government requirement to avail benefits for the visually impaired, revealed 100% blindness.

But five years later, LVPEI's Field Rehabilitation Service Officer Karunakar spotted symptoms of cataract. His counselling led to Chennamma being brought to LVPEI's secondary centre at Markapuram where she was operated upon by Dr Nilesh Jaiswal for congenital cataract. She has regained functional vision and is now undergoing treatment at the Hyderabad campus for further enhancement of her vision. Her family expresses immense gratitude for LVPEI's care and concern in their daughter's wellbeing.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

An army man's tribute

“I am an army man. On being referred from the military hospital, my mother was treated by Dr Muralidhar Ramappa who took good care of her. My mother has cared for me, educated me and turned me into a good citizen of the country. Mrs Vanita Ganesh (Patient Care Service) too agreed, “For parents and the country, however much we do, it is not enough. We should not stop our efforts.”
My salutations to everyone in LVPEI - you offer free services to army jawans, which means you serve those who save the country!”
Jai Hind,

G Chiranjeevi

S/o Guntu Varahalamma who was treated for corneal infection

The greatest joy is their child can now see

At 8 months, Sharath's parents noticed a white layer covering both his eyes. They also suspected he was unable to see. A local doctor in their native Kurnool district recommended LVPEI. “We took a sigh of relief when Dr Ramesh Kekunnaya informed us that other than congenital cataract, our child had no other problem,” says Vijay Kandol, the father. Under the skilful hands of Dr Kekunnaya, Sharath underwent cataract surgeries in both his eyes, completely free of cost.

The greatest joy for his mother is that Sharath can now recognize his parents. They are grateful to LVPEI and Dr Kekunnaya for restoring their child's vision and saving him from living his life in darkness.  

The joy of giving, no matter what


Sree Ramya Mangena, a client of the Vision Rehabilitation Institute, scored 9.5 in her 10th grade. For her outstanding performance, she was recently awarded a cash prize by the Lysosomal Disorder Society (LDS). Amazingly, Ramya decided to donate Rs 10,000 from that to help others like her, embodying the true spirit of giving back!

Afflicted with glaucoma, Ramya has been receiving medical as well as vision rehabilitation care at LVPEI since 9 years. In 2013 she was diagnosed with "Mucopolysaccharidosis Type VI" - a rare genetic disorder with cardiac, skeletal, vision and respiratory involvement. Owing solely to her strong sense of determination, she continues to doggedly pursue her graduation through Open University, inspiring so many others with her story.



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.