Tuesday, 7 November 2017

My daughter Jahnavi

“My daughter Jahnavi was born with a series of life threatening complications – congenital heart problem, cataract and rubella. The doctors in my village were reluctant to operate her. When I met the experienced and efficient team of doctors at LVPEI Visakhapatnam, I knew my baby was in safe hands. She was just 27 days old when the first surgery for cataract removal was performed by Dr Merle Fernandes, supported by the anesthetist team. Her right eye was too small for the intraocular lens to be fit in, so she was prescribed contact lens. This resulted in improved vision but later she developed squint, followed by lazy eye. Things were not easy; no good school was ready to admit her. To my utter happiness, Dr Virender Sachdeva successfully treated her eye problems. Today Jahnavi goes to a good school and I am proud to share that she is doing very well. Our journey with LVPEI has been just amazing and I will be ever thankful to her treating doctors and the entire staff.”

M Sridevi

Amalapuram, East Godavari, AP

Changing Destiny

Mohammed Fareed, 30, was born with blue eyes and steadily started losing his vision. Despite undergoing surgeries at a local eye hospital, he could not regain his vision. The family lost all hope and he turned into an introvert. Fate intervened and brought them in contact with a patient who had been treated at LVPEI for a similar problem. Fareed's mother, for the first time, stepped out of their village in Krishna District, AP and came all the way to Hyderabad. Dr Sunita Chaurasia evaluated Fareed and performed keratoplasty (corneal transplantation) in both eyes. 

It's been over a year now and the family is overjoyed with Fareed's vision. They now spread awareness about the treatment to others in their community. “The benefits of keratoplasty to cure corneal blindness are not known to many in the remote areas and they consider it as their destiny and live with the problem. We thank our patients who have been ambassadors in spreading the message about the treatment available and thus helping to support our mission – so that all may see,” says Dr Chaurasia.