For Ethiopian national Sisay Aniguachdestaw, 23, who was visually impaired by birth due to a rare congenital eye disorder, life is no longer full of darkness. In February, city doctors successfully operated on Sisay, a domestic helper by profession, free-of-cost.
“Sisay was a victim of congenital cataract with persistent primary victrous, a rare congenital eye disorder,” said Dr Nishikant Borse, who operated on her in his clinic.
Sisay’s journey from Ethiopia to India was full of hope and empathy. “Sisay was among the 100 patients who attended the medical eye camp that we had organised in November in Ethopia. As her eye problem required sophisticated facility, doctors said that she can not be operated there,” said Mukund Mehta, managing director, Eyekare Kilitch Ltd, a pharmaceutical company.
Doctors decided to bring her down to India for treatment. “She required lensectomy and vitrectomy procedures to correct her condition,” said Dr Borse.
Thus, Sisay arrived in Mumbai on February 24. After investigations she underwent Lensectomy and Vitrectomy procedures. Since modern technology was used in the operation, the hospitalisation was not required, said doctors. “After the surgery, her vision has been completely restored,” says Dr Borse. Sisay, who flew back to her country on Friday, is hoping to study and lead a more fulfiling life. “I want to first go and meet my aunt who took me to this medical camp, which changed my life,” said Sisay.