Iraqi woman recovers vision after 18 years

Last Updated: Saturday, June 2, 2012 - 20:30

Chennai: A city-based private eye hospital has successfully operated and recovered vision in the left eye of a 40-year old Iraq woman, 18 years after she suffered severe injuries in a bomb blast in her country.

Gula Namiq Hassan, then 22, was baking bread, when she heard a loud sound, which was actually a bomb that exploded near her in the town of Sulaymaniyah in Iraq in 1994.

"She was operated on both eyes in Iraq in 1994 but her right eye could not be saved. She had little vision in the left," Dr Amar Agarwal of Dr Agarwal`s Eye Hospital told reporters here.

Referred to this hospital by a Iraqi doctor, Hassan came here last July for a check up and arrived here again on May 25 last for the operation, her brother-in-law Mohammad said.
"I performed vitrectomy and the thick membrane which was blocking light from entering the eye removed. As there was no support to place the IOL, I used the glued IOL technique. Now, she can read, distinguish colours and shades," Agarwal said, detailing the near two-hour operation.

An elated Hassan, conversant only in Khurdish, can now read alphabets in English and also identify the colour of her post operation tablets and take them accordingly.

The mother of two children - son Mohammed (8) and daughter Rayyan (4) presently in Iraq, is looking forward to see them for the first time.

Hassan would leave for Iraq in the next few days.

Chennai, known as the Mecca of Medical Tourism, continues to attract patients from abroad, especially from West Asia.

First Published: Saturday, June 2, 2012 - 20:30
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