Four-year-old Akruti Sheth (name changed), will be able to see the world with both her eyes after doctors at the Lotus Eye Hospital in Juhu replaced a damaged cornea in her right eye on Tuesday.
Akruti lost sight in her right eye after an injury a year ago. She was called in for a surgery early on Tuesday after doctors found a matching donor.
“Akruti is genuinely lucky that the parents of a child decided to donate the eyes and they turned out to be a match for her,” said optometrist Dr Mustafa Parekh, who treated her. “Normally these children are on the waiting list for months and don’t find a match that is the same age group.”
“We have a long wait list of children who aren’t able to see, by donating the child’s eyes, the parents probably gave vision to four children, as one cornea can be used to treat two patients,” added Dr Shilpa Deshpande, Akruti’s surgeon.
Akruti’s application for a cornea was sent to various eye banks on November 22, after the doctors at the hospital realised that replacing her cornea is the only option.
Akruiti’s parents, Manisha and Iranarao Sheth, who reside in Kherwadi could not afford the surgery that costs more than Rs 1 lakh. Manisha, a household help and Iranaroa, a construction worker sought help from charitable trusts and individuals. “Lotus being a charitable hospital, we only charge minimal costs to the patients and refer them to trusts that support our work,” added Parekh. The Sheth family paid a bill of Rs 13,000.