into the botched cataract surgeries that led to a large number of people losing their
eyesight in North India has revealed that the accused surgeon performed a
record 130 surgeries over a period of three days from October 31 to November 4.
According to senior
government officials, 31 of the patients have been traced so far and a squad
has been sent to Mathura to get the details of the remaining patients from the
The officials added that the surgeries were conducted in
unhygienic conditions, and efforts are being made to save those whose vision
can still be restored.
Teams of eye specialists from AIIMS-Delhi and PGI-Chandigarh
visited the 31 patients at ENT Hospital in Amritsar district in the state of
Punjab last Saturday.
Secretary Vinnie Mahajan, who is heading the high-level probe, said that no
patient has gone completely blind as cataract surgery is performed only on one
eye at a time. For about a dozen patients, vision in the operated eyes can be
restored, she said.
of Amritsar, Ravi Bhagat, said a team has been sent to Mathura to get the
records of patients from the S.K. Netra Chikitsalaya, which had organised the
of Gurdaspur, Abhinav Trikha, who had got the case registered at Ghuman police
station, said 130 patients were operated upon by Dr. Arora over three days
October 31, November 3 and November 4.
Paro, one of the patients, said when she complained of
pain following the surgery, she was only given a cotton ball to place on her