Abu Dhabi

Emirati baby now able to see parents, thanks to cornea transplant

Ashwani Kumar /Abu Dhabi
ashwani@khaleejtimes.com Filed on October 21, 2020
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The two-hour surgery was performed with 'meticulous precision'.

Thanks to a successful double-cornea transplant, a four-month-old Emirati baby born with vision issues was finally able to see the faces of her parents.

"We are happy that our baby can now see us and respond. We are grateful to the doctor and medical staff at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC)," the parents said. The movement and response of the baby's eyes became normal after the complex surgery.

Dr Murad Manea Al Obthani, consultant ophthalmologist at SKMC, who led the surgery, said the corneas of the baby were not fully developed when she was born.

"The cornea was not clear since birth. We implanted the first cornea about a month ago. The results were very good. We noticed an excellent response in the infant. The eye movement became normal and her vision improved. We performed a cornea transplant for the second eye last week. The results are very promising," Dr Al Obthani said.

"The surgery was successfully performed through two hours of meticulous precision. The baby is now in perfect health and recovering."

Dr Al Obthani said the parents were relieved as they saw their baby now reacting to their love and care.

The doctor said corneal transplant operations for babies yet to turn one are very delicate, and considered technically difficult. The high elasticity of the tissues makes transplantation a complex and highly technical process.

"Corneal transplantation is part of the organ transplant programme performed at SKMC. We conduct corneal transplantation surgeries for patients from the age of two months and above," Dr Al Obthani added.

The two corneal layers were obtained from an eye bank in the US.



Ashwani Kumar

I am a newspaperman from the emirate of Abu Dhabi. A journalist at heart. I get my stories from the streets. A south Indian born in the Hindi heartland, I easily connect with people from different nationalities and cultures. I am calm like a monk, sensitive and very patient reporter. On the ground, I cover a range of topics related to community, health, embassy, tourism, transport, business and sports. I will go out on a leg to do what’s right and stand by what I believe in.

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