Every week at Aravind we see patients who are in need of treatment that can help prevent loss of sight and Aravind provides free treatment for majority of its cataract patients from its surplus, however the funds received from generous donors like you help us extend this free treatment in other areas of need. This year so far under the Ring of Hope project, Aravind has provided 279 free consultations and treatment for Retinablastoma, and provided free surgery for 36 children. Also, they have provided custom fit- prosthetic eyes to 60 patients free of charge.
Aravind appreciates the support of Global Giving and its donors to help continue their mission of “eliminating needless blindness” globally. Here is a story of a family whose four children were affected with Retinoblastoma and how Aravind’s intervention saved them.
Ayyasamy and Rani lived in a small village in Tanjore district. They were blessed with four children. Long back, their first two children developed eye cancer. The children were given treatment in some hospital, but of no use. Both of them passed away as the cancer spread to other parts of the body.
Days passed by, Ayyasamy and Rani learnt that their third child, Harini too had been affected with this debilitating disease in both the eyes. They took her to Aravind Eye Hospital. Cancer in the left eye was really in an advanced stage and the doctors suggested enucleation to save the life of the girl. Compared to the condition in the left eye, the cancer in the right eye was less severe and so, chemotherapy was advised so as to make sure that the disease did not spread to other parts of the body. Further examinations after chemotherapy showed positive results and the child’s vision was saved. The parents heaved a sigh of relief.
But it did not last long. Their fourth child was diagnosed with cancer in the right eye. Thermotherapy with laser was suggested by the doctors as the cancer was in the initial stage. The child’s vision was saved. Even though the parents lost two children to retinoblastoma, they were happy afterwards that they could save the life and vision of the remaining two. They were extremely grateful to the Aravind Eye Hospital and also to the Ring of Hope project for having provided their children gift of sight and life.