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Kolkata woman's eyesight restored with a first of its kind surgery
60-year-old Mira Dhar had completely lost hope of ever getting to see clearly again from her right eye. A viral infection that had hit her 3 years ago, had impaired her ability to see clearly, affecting her vision and her first corneal transplant also failed.

The Kolkata resident finally got her eyesight back after an innovative, first-of-its-kind surgery was performed in the country. In this innovative surgery, the nerves from her foot were used which gave the Kolkata resident her eyesight back. Now, completely recovered, Mira Dhar is back in thecomfort of her family home.

Dr Harshavardhan Ghorpade, Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgeon at Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi said, "While we could use nerves from the hand, the ones from the foot are superficial and easy to access."

After removing the sensory nerve called the sural nerve from Dhar's foot, it was Dr Vinod Vij, a plastic and cosmetic surgeon, who performed the corneal transplant on the patient. After the removal of this nerve it was then connected to the cornea along with the sensory nerves of her forehead.

The entire panel of doctors claimed that it was the first time the procedure was carried out in our country. The operation on Dhar was performed about three months back and now Dhar's cornea has completely healed and her sight is absolutely normal.

Mira Dhar had suffered from a virus named Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) keratitis which leads to the loss of sensation in the cornea.

Talk about the miracles that medical science has achieved and we will have to deeply appreciate all the efforts put in by the members of this noble fraternity. They not only give new life to the people but also hopes to thousands of others who are affected by one ailment or the other. Not to mention the entirely new perspective that they achieve in their so-called new lives.

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