Wednesday, 11 March 2015

No more the lesser twin

Five years ago in 2010, when doctors declared the month old Arshad blind for life because of the white opacity in his eyes, the dejected parents found hope when a relative found LVPEI. The baby was diagnosed with vitamin A deficiency and vascular corneal scars. 

Baby Arshad underwent two corneal transplantations – in the right eye when he was 5 months and in the left eye at 8 months of age. Baby Arshad then had to adjust to wearing eye glasses. He also needed to travel 16 times till date to Hyderabad from his native Aurangabad in Maharashtra for follow up care. But it is well worth it says his mother Saira Khan for Arshad can now ably compete with his twin brother Arfath in school and all other activities. The parents give credit to eye donor families for their son's cornea transplants, and
to Dr Muralidhar Ramappa their treating specialist.

Congenital glaucoma, accident prone but undeterred

Kolusu Nagasai, 9, has undergone more eye surgeries than he can count on his fingers and toes. Born in Kuchipudi with congenital glaucoma, he was referred to LVPEI Hyderabad. His mother Padmavathi recalls Dr Pravin Krishna Vaddavalli's prompt and empathetic help in making several critical decisions over telephone, even when they called at odd hours and from other hospitals. At age 1 Nagasai fell from a height; at age 5 he fell atop an elevator on walking through its faulty door; infection set in following keratoprosthesis eye surgery (performed using a tubular tooth to connect the front of the eye to the screen at the back); A cot resting against a wall fell upon him; and most recently, he woke up to declare petrified that he could not see at all - oil had leaked from his only seeing right eye. 

Dr Rajeev Reddy Pappuru injected oil to attach the retina in place, Dr Mukesh Taneja applied tissue adhesive, Dr Somasheila Murthy performed the most recent corneal transplant surgery, and Dr Sirisha Senthil partnered with the cornea surgeons to control the eye pressure in secondary glaucoma. Padmavathi is very grateful for all the support with all the doctors coming together to protect her son's vision. She and her husband remain unshaken in their spirit as they wait year after year for improvement in their precocious son's vision. Nagasai for his part prepares for his 2nd class examinations, buoyed with his improvement to finger-counting vision.