Octogenarian Woman Turns Half Blind After Surgery In Odisha

Dhenkanal: An elderly woman lost vision in one of her eyes due to alleged medical negligence after undergoing surgery at Sarbeswar Memorial Eye Hospital situated near Kantanali Bypass in Dhenakanl district on the advice of two social workers.

The matter came to the fore after the 89-year-old woman identified as Dhala Bewa of Badabilasahi village under Kamakhyanagar block of the district intimated the matter to district Collector during a public hearing in the block.

On January 7, Bewa on the advice of two social workers went to Sarbeswar Memorial Eye Hospital for free of cost eye surgery. The doctors who operated her asked to open the bandage after seven days. However, after the bandage was removed from her eyes, she alleged that she could not see anything on one of her eye and also experienced blurry vision in her other eye.

Though Bewa visited the hospital multiple times for treatment, she alleged that it did not help regain her eyesight.

“Two girls took me to the hospital for the free operation. They took me to Cuttack thrice for operation and other treatment. I lost the sight of one of my eyes and I am worried for the other one as well,” alleged Bewa.

However, asked about the incident, district Collector Bhumesh Chandra Behera held Bewa and her family members responsible for the incident as they failed to get the post-surgery treatment in time which resulted in the mishap.

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“Post the operation, she was prescribed some medical treatment. As she delayed getting the treatment, her one of the eyes got infected. However, vision of the other eye is still intact. We have sanctioned some money from Red Cross fund and will make arrangements for her further treatment. The administration will take steps so that similar incidents do not happen again,” stated Behera.

On the other hand, the hospital authorities or the doctors who operated on her are yet to comment on the matter.