With his eyes donated to the needy, six-year-old Sahil continues to live even after his death. Sahil died on March 12 after being unwell for two days. The family decided to transplant his eyes to his four-year-old younger brother Vasu who suffers from vision loss since birth.
However, following medical tests, doctors said that Vasu cannot undergo cornea grafting and then the family decided to donate Sahil’s eyes to another patient.
Working as a dhobi since 25 years in New Shivaji Nagar, Badan Singh, father of the child asked doctors to transplant his son’s eyes to a patient who needs it. Punarjot Eye Bank, which provides free corneal transplant services preserved the boy’s eyes. Sahil was cremated on March 13.
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Sandeep Kaur, 23, a student from Tibba road who underwent second eye transplant on March 13 got Sahil’s left eye. Dr Ramesh who conducted the surgery said, “We live in a society where some consider eye donation a taboo. They do not agree on extracting eyes from the dead bodies of their family members and I was amazed to see the courage of Sahil’s father who readily agreed to donate the eyes of his six-year-old son,” he said.
Dr Ramesh added, “Sahil’s younger brother is suffering from micro-ophthalmic’ problem. It is a condition where size of eyes is too small and eye transplant does not help. We have advised Badal to get his son admitted to rehabilitation center to start his braille classes,” he added.
“My younger son is deaf and blind since birth. My whole world shattered when Sahil passed away. We then thought that Sahil’s eyes will help Vasu to see the world but neither did that happen. I am happy that my son’s eyes have come of some help,” said Badan, talking to Newsline.
Joginder Singh, father of Sandeep Kaur said, “In 2007, my daughter underwent cornea transplant for both eyes but one eye got damaged again. I am really thankful to Sahil’s family.” “More than 30 lakh eyes are needed in India. The second eye of Sahil will also be transplanted to a patient in a day or two. I request others to get inspired from Badan who despite being illiterate donated his son’s eyes,” said Dr Ramesh.