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Cornea transplant

Imphal, Jan. 22: Doctors at the Shija Eye Care Foundation, a unit of Shija Hospitals and Research Institute here, successfully transplanted corneas on a visually impaired patient yesterday, the first such operation conducted in the state.

Khangembam Ningthemjao, 68, from Keinou in Bishnupur district, was admitted with corneal blindness at Shija Hospitals.

The operation was performed by a team led by Dr Sachindra Laishram, consultant eye surgeon of the foundation, with corneas donated by Shankaradeva Nethralaya, an eye hospital at Beltola in Guwahati.

Manipur has no eye bank and Shija Hospitals has initiated steps to set up one.

“Shija Eye Care Foundation has sent a technician to receive training in running an eye bank and another counsellor will be sent shortly for training,” Kh. Palin, chairman and managing director of Shija Hospitals, said.

The foundation has appealed to people to pledge their eyes for donation and provide the gift of sight to those who need it. The Manipur Assembly passed and adopted the Transplantation of Human Organ Act, 1994, in 1999.