Chennai Hospital grants Iraqi child the gift of ‘sight’

Its bliss to see a smile on a child’s face and Rusul Raad Hussien, a small 11 year-old child has plenty to smile about when she goes back with her sight restored to her hometown on Thursday.

The story of 11 year old, Rusul Raad Hussien

Rusul Raad Hussien, the 11 year old girl from Baghdad is said to have the physical development of a child about two years of age and has also been detected with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. About a year ago, Rusul had developed complicated cataracts and had gone completely blind.
She is the youngest child of Iqdam Dawood and Raad Hussien who have four kids.

It was just about six months after being born that her arthritic condition was diagnosed but she had vision for about 8 years. Rusul’s condition kept worsening over time and she started to lose her eye sight, within a year’s time she was totally unable to see. The Doctors in Iraq were unable to help the baby girl out.

Rusul’s loss of vision and surgery

She was operated upon at Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital and had a glued intraocular surgery that had restored the vision in both her eyes.

On Wednesday, Amar Agarwal, chairman and managing director of the hospital confirmed the media about the surgery and stated “Rusul cannot walk as her bones are brittle due to rheumatoid arthritis. She has to be carried. She was referred to the hospital by a senior doctor in Iraq. She had developed complicated cataracts with inflammation in both eyes due to the problem in her joints and the intake of steroid medicines for it.”

The real challenge was the anaesthesia administration and the doctors faced great difficulty when performing the delicate task. “We could not insert a tube into her windpipe as the chest was protruding. So, we administered anaesthesia through the hand. We operated on one eye last Wednesday and then, on the other on Friday. The existing lens was removed and glued intraocular lenses were implanted in both eyes,” said the medical fraternity.

The young child can now muse through a vision card and read the letters printed on it.

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