Telangana: 50 suffer eye injuries celebrating Diwali

by | Oct 20, 2017 | Work Related Injuries | 0 comments

Twelve patients had to be admitted for grievous injuries. The youngest was a two-year-old girl who was injured by a ground chakkar.

HYDERABAD: Amit, 15, from Karimnagar sat clutching his bleeding eye, crying in pain and urging the driver to drive faster to Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital in the city. He was injured by a rocket bomb.

It took six hours for the vehicle to get to the hospital as people were bursting crackers on the road. “People refuse to give way if it is not an ambulance, but my son was suffering inside the vehicle. The doctors say that his eyesight can be restored,” said Amit’s mother.

Diwali celebrations have left 50 persons partially or fully blinded in the last few days. Doctors at the hospital said all injuries they had treated from Thursday were cracker-related.

Twelve patients had to be admitted for grievous injuries. The youngest was a two-year-old girl who was injured by a ground chakkar.

Seven cranial repair surgeries were done. Hospital superintendent Dr Ravinder Goud said, “We cannot predict the result of the surgeries. We can only hope that every patient’s vision is restored. There have been many cases of corrective surgery and there has been retinal damage in a few cases as well.”

Hospital authorities are expecting more patients from rural areas. “They come the day after Diwali so cracker related injuries continue for two days after the celebrations,” said Dr Goud.

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