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Navalbhai and Hiraba
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Name: Magan Bhai 
Age:  60 
Family:  9 members 
Earning Members:  Self only 
Financial Condition:  APL 
Eye Condition:  Cataract in both eyes 
Operation Conducted:  SICS+IOL 
Hospital:  Navalbhai & Hiraba Eye Hospital, Bareja 
Overall Service At Hospital:  Good hospital and support, good food was served. Found hospital as a blessing. 
Condition beforehand and after: Maganbhai works as a galla owner in Mahijda village. He sells random convenience
items and paans to the villagefolk.

About 2 years ago, his vision started gradually dimming and blurring in his right eye. He did not really notice it until it became markedly disabling. Then a year ago, an asha worker then announced that an eye camp organized by N&H eye hospital was taking place. So he decided to go for a checkup at the camp. He went to the camp and was toldthat he had cataract. He would have to get his eye operated upon to prevent total vision loss. The camp organizers took him in their truck/ambulance to the hospital. Therethey operated on him and was given a cotton eye patch with hygiene instructions.

Later, another cataract operation was conducted in the same hospital for the left eye, 5 months ago. Now his vision in both eyes is crystal clear. Although there is pain near the eyes in winter, he can lead a normal life now. 






Name:  Shantaben Gandabhai Jadav 
Age:  55 
Financial Condition:  APL 
Condition:  Leprosy, now she has less vision in left eye. 
Operation Conducted:  Leprosy Surgery 
Date of Operation:  5 years spent in hospital, 1 year at home, will come to eye camp for eye checking and possible surgery. 
Hospital:  A Rehabilitation Hospital near Geeta Mandir in Ahmedabad 









Name:  Temabhai Mitabhai Parmar 
Age:  65 
Family:  2 people, and son is in Bareja 
Earning Members:  No one is earning. 
Financial Condition:  APL 
Eye Condition:  Cataract in left eye. 
Operation Conducted:SICS+IOL 
Date of Operation:  24th November 2009 
Hospital:  Navalbhai & Hiraba Eye Hospital, Bareja 
Overall Service At Hospital:  The doctors were gentlemen, service was very good. After the operation, they were sent home with important instructions to preserve eye health, such as not going out in the bright sunlight, taking medicines regularly, and not letting water touch the operated eye. 
Condition beforehand and after:  Temabhai a resident of mahijda village started having vision problems when he was 63 yrs. His vision started blurring and he could not see properly. He started having difficulty in doing his day to day activities in the village. His son resided in bareja village he let him know of his eye codition but the family did not have enough money to go through with the operation as in their family only his son earned money ad there were too many mouths to feed. Temabhai had to put up with his eye condition due to his financial condition,he had no choice just like so many other elderly people in the village. Then one day in the village of mahijda came the feild workers of the Navalbhai and Hiraba Eye Hospital they told the people that they were going to organise a free eye check up camp and if need their operation would be done free of cost too!!!.. This was the silver lining in the clouded vision of our dear Temabhai. Temabhai like many others was filled with hope,he went to the eye check up camp where he was diagnosed and brought to the hospital for proper pre-operative care. The next on the 24th November 2009 he was operated for cataract on the left eye and soon he will be operated on the right eye. He had a very Nice experience at the hospital. After the operation, he was sent home with important instructions to preserve eye health, such as not going out in the bright sunlight, taking medicines regularly, and not letting water touch the operated eye. 


Name:  Gulabben Sevantibhai Makwana 
Age:  60 
Family:6 members 
Earning Members:  1 earner 
Financial Condition: BPL 
Eye Condition: Right eye, blurred vision, no pain in eye, but there is headache. 
Operation Conducted: Cataract removal 
Hospital:  Navalbhai & Hiraba Eye Hospital, Bareja 
Overall Service At Hospital: Good service 
Condition beforehand and after: She is speech-and-hearing-impaired.( Multiple disabilities ).

Vision is better now, but she sometimes has headache, and sometimes feels dizzy and falls down and hurts self. 




Condition beforehand and after
Shantaben was very young - about 30 years of age, when the deformities started showing. At that time, she did not know that it could be treated. She therefore endured the social stigma and rejection for many years - more than a decade - till she learned that there was a treatment to halt the disease. Then it had progressed to a great extent before she decided to get treatment. She underwent 5 years of treatment at a rehabilitation hospital/clinic for lepers near Geeta Mandir in Ahmedabad. The last one year involved home nursing. Now the leprosy has stopped spreading. Her fingers in both hands and feet are gone, but she somehow manages to walk. 
An endevour for Vision...
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