Diwali turned into a nightmare for a 32-year-old Mauli Jagran resident as he may never be able to see with his left eye again.
The victim, a security guard at a factory in Industrial Area, badly injured his eye while bursting crackers on Diwali. As per the concerned doctors, his left eye was operated on Wednesday night itself as he suffered auto evisceration (ejection of internal organs) of the eye ball and other contents due to the forceful impact of the cracker.
Even his eye ball had come out due to the sudden explosion. “Usually the eye is somehow saved and after surgery, the probability of visibility is there, but in this case the eye has been damaged completely,” said a doctor who performed his surgery.
Apart from this, three minors from neighbouring states, who were just bystanders, also underwent eye surgery on Thursday.
Nine-year-old Shaira Khan from Mansa in Punjab is one of them. “I will never burst crackers now,” said Shaira wiping her tears.
As per Jagdeep Khan, father of Shaira, she was watching their neighbours burst crackers, when suddenly some sparks hit her eye. “Her cousin raised an alarm and called me. Then we took her to a nearby hospital, where doctors advised us to take her to the PGI in Chandigarh for immediate treatment,” said Khan who reached the PGI at 3.30 am Thursday.
Similarly, Rustam, a 10-year-old boy from Gohana in Haryana was brought to the PGI on Diwali around 9.30 pm by his father and uncle. His uncle Baljeet Singh said that Rustam was watching bursting of crackers in the street near his house when sparks from crackers hit his eye.
”Rustom started crying in severe pain and we took him to a nearby hospital, from where after first aid, we rushed him to the PGI,” said Singh. Five-year-old Guria from Baddi in Himachal Pradesh was also in the eye ward Thursday with her mother and waiting for CT Scan and other reports.
Parmila, mother of Guria, said that she was standing near their gate. Someone from the first floor of the house burst a cracker, which fell down near Guria and injured her eye. Parmila and her husband then brought Guria to the PGI.
“She is in pain even now. We are waiting for the doctors to confirm whether her surgery is required or not,” said Parmila.