A nine-month infant from Oman was able to see clearly for the first time in nine months, thanks to the efforts of doctors at L.V. Prasad Eye Institute.

Toddler Rana was diagnosed with corneal infection and glaucoma soon after birth, severely affecting her vision.

The joy of their baby’s birth was short-lived for the parents who sought treatment at several places before they were directed to the institute in Hyderabad. However, the baby could not be operated immediately up on arrival in January. She was suffering from aspiration pneumonia and hypothyroidism, two conditions that did not permit eye surgery.

The health of the infant was stabilised at another city hospital before she was deemed fit to undergo corrective surgeries on Monday.

Bhupesh Bagga, the surgeon who performed the surgery, said surgeries in patients as young as Rana take the longest time, while a corneal transplant surgery in adults takes only 40 minutes. Incidentally, the institute has performed over 2,000 surgeries in the last one year, a record number for any eye healthcare institution, said Dr. Bhagga who performed seven more corneal transplant surgeries the day he operated on Rana. The increasing number of surgeries also indicate a growing willingness to donate cornea after death.

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