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.