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Cricketers do their bit to promote eye donation

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Rajan Eye Care Hospital chairman and medical director Mohan Rajan, cricketers Muttiah Muralitharan and Owais Shah and actor Ajay Rathnam at the Rotary Rajan Eye Bank in Chennai on Wednesday.— Photo: K.V.SRINIVASAN.
Rajan Eye Care Hospital chairman and medical director Mohan Rajan, cricketers Muttiah Muralitharan and Owais Shah and actor Ajay Rathnam at the Rotary Rajan Eye Bank in Chennai on Wednesday.— Photo: K.V.SRINIVASAN.

G. Kirankumar is now very optimistic about his performance in school. “So long, I was straining one eye while reading. Now, it should get easier as my vision in the other eye has also been restored,” said the class XI of Bala Mandir, who is on his way to recovery after a corneal transplantation.

When Sri Lankan cricketer and ace spinner Muttiah Muralitharan pledged his eyes at the Rotary Rajan Eye Bank here on Wednesday, it was a sign of reassurance to several persons like Kirankumar, who await a donor so that they can see.

Currently playing for the Kochi Tuskers Kerala team, Mr. Muralitharan and England cricketer Owais Shah, visited the eye bank to support the cause of eye donation and pledge their eyes, during their quick visit ahead of the IPL match in Chennai.

“This is a wonderful and worthy cause. We have to realise nothing happens while one's eyes get donated after one's lifetime. In fact, it would only help someone see the world with our eyes,” Mr. Muralitharan said.

Mr. Shah said he would like to encourage everybody to pledge their eyes. “Who knows, we might find the next Murali or Sachin in one of those children who begin to see,” he said.

Mohan Rajan, chairman and medical director, Rajan Eye Care Hospital, said that about five million persons in India were blind due to corneal disease. “We need to raise awareness on eye donation. Sri Lanka is a country that sets an example in the cause of eye donation. Our potential is much more, and no religion is against the practice,” he said.

Actor Ajay Rathnam also pledged his eyes on the occasion.

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