This is about the two of my newphews who have lost sight because their eye condition was not diagnosed in time.
The triplet brothers Abdul Sami, left, and Abdul Basir, who have lost their sight due to their condition not being detected early enough.
A delayed diagnosis of retinal damage is threatening to permanently shut the world out for two triplet
brothers even as their family is running from pillar to post to get them treated. Drawing a blank so far, we are desperate for any help they can get to give the boys the gift of sight.
It all began when Salma, wife of my brother Hameed, prematurely gave birth to triplets on January 22, 2011. A housewife with a three-year-old boy, she was only 30 weeks into her pregnancy when she delivered.
She was in the best of hands at a big hospital in Islamabad. The pre-term babies were just 1kg at birth but were coping well. They were given a clean chit in the medical report when they were discharged
However, two months later when we took the infants for a check-up, doctors at the same hospital informed us that the babies’ eyes were damaged. The babies were diagnosed with Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP), a growth of abnormal blood vessels in the retina that generally begins during the first few days of life and can progress to blindness over a period of weeks. This happens because the eye rapidly develops during gestational weeks 28-40.
While one of the triplets Aftab’s eyes could be saved through laser treatment, the other two, Abdul Sami and
Abdul Basir, were difficult to treat.
We were given hope by doctors in UAE and we brought both babies to Dubai .
Dr Gurdeep Singh, Specialist Ophthalmologist at The City Hospital, said, “Usually the visual prognosis in
such cases is very low.” Doctor said the ROP should be detected early enough — between Stage 1 and Stage 2 — so that treatment can be given in Stage 3. “This effectively prevents the progression of the disease to Stage 4 or 5.”
As it turned out, the triplets were allegedly not screened for ROP in the first few days. “Tests so far have
revealed that Sami and Basir can’t see. We sent the papers to different hospitals in a hope to find some cure.
We need to take the babies out side of UAE for test in hope to find some cure and we are finding it dificult to manage funds.
I am hoping to raise some fund to support my nephews . I am hoping of raising the fund upto 10000$.