Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Dr Agustina Borrone’s LVPEI-inspired dreams

Ever since she was a little child, growing up in La Plata Buenos Aires, she always wanted to help people to see. After finishing her medical school in Argentina, the dream of becoming an Ophthalmologist appeared close to reality, so Agustina applied, was accepted and finished her Ophthalmology residency program at the Clinica de Ojos in 2014. Of all the subspecialties that she trained in Cornea was always her first love and passion.

Agustina heard about L V Prasad Eye Institute from Alfredo Roude, a former short term fellow from Buenos Aires, who spent 5 months in the Cornea service, several years ago years and immediately started dreaming that one day, she too would like to become a cornea fellow from “this amazing place full of values, with such high standard levels of education and where the unwavering, primary focus is placed on helping to cure blindness, using research as one of the most important implements to do so.”

After applying and waiting for a whole year, Agustina finally received notice of being accepted as a cornea fellow in 2015. In her own words, “Finally my dream was coming true.”

“When I came to India I was full of expectations, and this place and its people exceeded them. Every day for me has become an amazing learning experience.”

“In LVPEI I have the opportunity to work with some leading Ophthalmologists, they provide excellent medical care, and above all the focus is always about the people who are in need.”

Now, she is proud to be part of the new Tej Kohli Cornea Institute.

The icing on the cake was that Agustina had the privilege of discovering some fantastic new friendships with colleagues and peers, who she says, have became more than family to her.

After spending a year In LVPEI with only a few more months left here, she has start thinking about all the possibilities that this fellowship has offered and the opportunities that could open up once she is back home.
“Ophthalmology in Argentina needs to improve, and I know that my job will help to do this. I’m looking forward to start working at the Hospital de Clinicas Jose de San Martinand helping to create an Eye bank is one of my aims and with LVPEI as an example I am sure we will be able to do that. I’m also keen to work in smaller towns where patients need eye care the most and will definitely be part of my work.”

“The list of things I can do with all what I have seen and learnt at LVPEI is unimaginable. This place with its people will forever hold a special place in my heart. I’m really thankful for all those who helped me to achieve my dream and I will be forever thankful for this opportunity.”

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