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Surgery helps revive Ethiopian infant's vision.
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Ethan was suffering from congenital cataract, which had impaired his vision completely. His mother had cataract at the age of Nine. We had suspected it Ethan too might develop cataract at an early age. But we were shocked that he was born with a cataract, “said Ethan’s father Omar Muktar,who works in a shipping firm.
The condition was diagnosed his family physician in Ethiopia a month ago. Doctors told us that we need an expert for administering general anesthesia to Ethan. So I browsed the internet to look for a doctor. After exchanging a few emails we came to Mumbai,” said Omar.
Doctors at Lilavati Hospital were surprised when Ethan’s family approached them for the surgery because it is difficult for an infant to be born with a cataract.
“We are not born with vision, it is attained. In cases of such children, if the cataract is not corrected early, it can hamper the vision development of child, “said Dr Himanshu Mehta who operated on the two month-old.
“While operating on month old babies, administration anesthesia is a major concern he added.
Two-month Ethan Mukhtar from Ethiopia was diagnosed With congenital cataract, which impaired his vision completely.
His mother had cataract at the age of nine Ethan’s condition was diagnosed by his family physician in Ethopia a month ago.
His father Omar was asked to look for an expert to administer anesthesia for the Surgery.
Omar then Got in touch with Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai.
The Cataract surgery was conducted on Saturday.
“We are not born with vision, it is attained .while operating on month –old babies, administration of anaesthesia is a major concern.”
Dr,Himanshu Mehta, who operated on two-month old Ethan.