For the first time ever, KEM hospital surgeons performed Bilateral Cochlear implant surgery under local anaesthesia on a 28-year-old girl Debashree Lokhande. Lokhande, an architect, was detected with Multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDRTB) in July, 2011.
She had consulted a doctor and was prescribed Amikacin tablets and injections for 2 months. However, from November 2015, she started suffeing from hearing loss.
Her deafness was at an adavanced stage and hearing aids were not useful. After finding out that TB had destroyed one of her lungs which would have caused difficulties with general anesthesia, doctors at KEM decided to perform the implant on her.
Dr Neelam Vaid, Implanting Surgeons at KEM Hospital asked Lokhande to undergo an audiological examination where she was declared fit to use an implant.