Malaysian surgeons perform 32 cataract surgeries in 6.5 hours

KLANG - A team of surgeons from the Tengku Ampuan Rahi­mah hospital created history when five of them performed cataract surgery for 32 patients in six and a half hours.

The surgery, which was conducted on Saturday from 7am to 2.30pm, was in aid of the poor and needy, said HTAR Head of Ophthalmology Depart­ment Dr Yogan Kanagasabai (pic).

He added that the hospital had been carrying out similar efforts twice a year for the past 15 years.

"This is actually the first time we carried out surgeries for 32 cases in such a short time," he said, adding that all 32 surgeries were performed successfully.

Dr Yogan said each surgery took about 30 minutes, while the cost would usually be between RM400 (S$154) and RM700.

"Each time such an effort is carried out, we have non-governmental organisations bearing the costs," he added.

This time, Dr Yogan said, the funding came from the ICAPP Medical Emergency Forum (IMEF) and the MIC.

"The only cost the patients needed to pay for was their transportation to and from the hospital," he said, adding that all other follow-ups, including medicines and shades, were provided to them for free.

Dr Yogan said patients were chosen after being scrutinised from all aspects, especially in terms of finance.

"This is a goodwill exercise and we want the poor and needy who are on the verge of going blind to benefit from this effort," he added.