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This is the first family of Allahabad which has dedicated itself to the eradication of blindness by way of eye donation. Resident of Kalyani Devi senior advocate and author of several law books Mahesh Prasad Tandon started to work on this noble cause about 19 years back.

india Updated: Jan 08, 2006 00:43 IST

This is the first family of Allahabad which has dedicated itself to the eradication of blindness by way of eye donation.

Resident of Kalyani Devi senior advocate and author of several law books Mahesh Prasad Tandon started to work on this noble cause about 19 years back. He decided to donate the eyes of his wife Rup Rani Tandon after her death in 1987 amidst a little protest from the family. However in the same year he also made a pledge to donate his eyes to the eye bank. In April 2005, when MP Tandon died at the age of 87, his eyes were donated to the eye bank by his children.

Following his footsteps, when Tandon's nephew Kishen Chandra Mehrotra died at the age of 70 on October 31, 2005, his son also decided to donate the eyes of his father.

The eyes donated by the Tandon's family have already been transplanted to six people in Allahabad and Kaushambi. Two amongst them were female.

In the age group of 20 to 50 years all of them were suffering from bilateral blindness and belonged to lower socio-economic income group. Some of them are now leading a normal life, said ENT surgeon Dr Pradeep Tandon, son of MP Tandon.

"My father used to say that his eyes should remain alive after his death also. That is why 19 years back when families were not open to the idea of eye donation he decided to donate the eyes of his wife Rup Rani and later decided to donate his own eyes," he said.

Dr Tandon said when my cousin Kishen Chand Mehrotra died his son also decided to donate the eyes because he had seen how easy it was to donate eyes and become part of a noble cause. "We only wanted to give message to people that everyone should donate the precious gift of sight to the people who are blind and are burden on the society. There are about 1000 people in the waiting list of cornea transplant but in the last one year only 18 eyes have been donated," he added.