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Updated: September 30, 2012 10:59 IST

Surgery performed on 22-day-old baby

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Orbit Ophthalmoplasty super specialist Yanamadala Sujata Savitri Rao, of
Savithri Netralayam, showing 22-day-old infant, on whom eye surgery was
performed and the tumour removed, at a press conference in Vijayawada on
Saturday. Photo: Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar
The Hindu Orbit Ophthalmoplasty super specialist Yanamadala Sujata Savitri Rao, of Savithri Netralayam, showing 22-day-old infant, on whom eye surgery was performed and the tumour removed, at a press conference in Vijayawada on Saturday. Photo: Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar

In a delicate surgery, Yanamadala Sujatha Savitri Rao of Savithri Netralayam, successfully performed surgery on an orphan baby and enucleated a tumour, from the baby’s eye.

Dr. Sujatha, who was a consultant ophthalmologist and orbit ophthalmoplasty super specialist from AIIMS, New Delhi, removed the tumour, weighing about 50 grams, which was bulging out from the left eye of the infant.

The baby named Pallavi, was abandoned by her mother at Nagayalanka, in Krishna district, on September 17. The infant has a congenital problem and was suffering with tumour in the eye. She was handed over to ‘Sishu Gruha’, being run by Care and Share Charitable Trust.

Sishu Gruha medical director P. Swarna and program manager Swati Mohanty consulted several hospitals urging to treat Pallavi. But doctors refused to treat the baby, stating that it is too early to conduct surgery.

“We diagnosed that Pallavi is having intra ocular tumour in her left eye, which is cancerous in nature. The tumour, which was growing by the day, had completely damaged the eye ball and she lost vision. But, the right eye is functioning normally. The baby was operated immediately under general anaesthesia and the eye ball and tumour were removed," Dr. Sujatha said at a press conference in Vijayawada on Saturday.

The management of Care and Share Charitable Trust and Child Welfare Committee (CWC) thanked Savithri Netralayam staff for performing the surgery and saving the life of an orphan.

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