Friday, 5 May 2017

Towards a brighter future

The series of complications little Rana was born with were unnerving for her young parents Rabba and Mohsin Humaid of Oman. The joy of her birth turned to despair when Rana was diagnosed with corneal infection and glaucoma, coupled with chest infection and hypothyroidism. With support from the Government of Oman, the worried parents contacted Dr Bhupesh Bagga at LVPEI for medical advice. 

Looking at the severity of the problem, they were advised to fly down to Hyderabad immediately. In January 2017, when Rana was brought to LVPEI her condition was extremely fragile with fluctuating levels of para thyroid hormone and aspiration pneumonia. Unfit to be operated upon, the first priority was to bring her vital signs to normal level. After receiving treatment at one of the city based pediatric hospitals, Rana underwent corneal surgery in both her eyes at the tender age of 9 months. 

“She now responds to light and is curious to see things around her. For us this whole journey has been nothing less than a miracle. We will forever be thankful for the wonderful support we have received from the entire team at LVPEI,” say the delighted parents. To keep her eye pressure controlled, drops have been prescribed and for better vision, the parents have been trained to fit contact lens in her left eye.

So that nobody goes needlessly blind

Bhikari Nayak, 90, and his wife Sasi Nayak, 70, from Dulanapur, Banki, Odisha were treated at Shri Mithu Tulsi Chanrai Campus in Bhubaneswar for cataract. When they did not turn up for their post operation check-up, a concerned Dr Nadim Kazi informed Kirteemayee Roul from the patient care team. 


With no contact phone number or detail mentioned except their village in the patient record, Kirteemayee requested another old patient from the same village to inquire about the couple. The patient got back to say that the couple lived in abject poverty, and could not afford their prescribed eye drops leave alone travel to the institute for their check-up. 

Dr Kazi and Antaryami Muduli from the nursing team went to their house and escorted them back to the campus. In absence of proper care, Sasi's eyes had developed mild edema and congestion. Medical treatment was begun immediately and a second surgery performed. 

On the day of discharge, Dr Kazi gave them Rs 500 from his pocket and asked them to come for their follow-up without fail. The institute applauds the dedication of the team that went beyond their call of duty.