With faith in his eyes,he’ll carry bonhomie message

For the last three months,Lahore-based businessman Ali Akbar was hapless and could not go about his daily work.

Written by Sameer Kumar Sharma | Ludhiana | Published: February 8, 2009 1:59 am

For the last three months,Lahore-based businessman Ali Akbar was hapless and could not go about his daily work. He had lost one of his eyes around 18 years ago and lost his other eye too in an injury about 3 months back. For the lack of cornea transplant facility in Pakistan,he was rendered visionless.

However,when his business associate in Ludhiana heard about his problem,he invited him to undergo cornea transplant surgery in Ludhiana. And today,43-year-old Akbar is a happy man,thanks to the vision provided to him by a resident of Jalandhar.

“If my vision has been restored today and am able to get back to work,it is because of an Indian. This is a token of our love towards each other. It means that we can see better when we see through each other’s eyes,” he said,overwhelmed over the gesture of Makhmal who had died in a road accident recently and had pledged her eyes after death.

“I had already lost my left eye to an injury 18 years ago and about three months ago another injury left me completely blind,” he said,adding there was no possible cornea treatment available in Pakistan as easily it is in India. “There is no cornea available for transplant since people do not donate eyes back home. Consequently,the doctors are also not experienced enough,” he said.

Akbar underwent cornea transplant around 10 days ago after the eyes of Jalandhar resident,Makhmal,who had died in a road accident on January 29,were received by Punarjot Eye Bank Society. “She had promised to donate her eyes and I fulfilled her wish by contacting the society,” said Pankaj,the donor’s son.

It was during one of his usual business talks with his associate based in Ludhiana that Akbar told Balwant Singh Saini that he was unable to find treatment for cornea transplant in Lahore. “We import industrial sewing machines from Saini and when I told him about my problem,he invited me to come to Ludhiana and undergo cornea transplant here. I was simply overwhelmed,” Akbar said.

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