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12 lose sight after botched surgeries

Twelve people lost their eyesight after being operated upon for cataract at a free camp in Mathura. This botch-up comes close on the heels of a similar incident in Gurdaspur district of Punjab in November, where about 60 people lost their eyesight in an eye camp.

india Updated: Jan 05, 2015 00:02 IST
HT Correspondents

Twelve people lost their eyesight after being operated upon for cataract at a free camp in Mathura. This botch-up comes close on the heels of a similar incident in Gurdaspur district of Punjab in November, where about 60 people lost their eyesight in an eye camp.

Ironically, both the camps — in Mathura and Gurdaspur — were organised by different NGOs of Mathura. As of now, the NGOs have closed their offices and their officials are untraceable.

A probe has been ordered into the incident. Mathura district magistrate Rajesh Kumar and chief medical officer Dr BS Yadav constituted a five-member committee to probe the incident and asked the team to submit the report within two days.

The eye camp in Mathura was organized by Bankey Bihari Seva Sansthan on November 22. The victims, after a few days of their operation complained of loss of eyesight to the NGO, which told them that they would regain their eyesight soon.

When the eye sight of those who were operated upon failed to return, some of them consulted doctors where they were told that due to faulty operation and use of expired drugs they had lost their eye sight forever.