During the July 2010 dental/medical expedition to Nubra Valley, ophthalmic surgeons Dr Pauline Cheong and Dr Ranjana Mathur diagnosed two young patients who required more sophisticated surgical procedures than were feasible with the limited facilities of the Disket Hospital. The original plan was to then host the distinguished ophthalmic surgeon, Dr Ramesh Murthy, of the world renowned Axis Eye Hospital in Hyderabad, India to fly to Ladakh along with the necessary sophisticated equipment to enable him to perform those complex surgical procedures. Unfortunately, before that “second phase” humanitarian mission could unfold, the devastating floods that ravaged most of Ladakh struck and made Dr. Murthy’s follow-up surgical mission impossible.
Therefore we have decided to send the two most urgent cases along with their parents from Ladakh to Hyderabad India so that Dr. Murthy can perform the necessary surgeries in his state-of-art medical facility. On September 22, 2010, all five in the party flew from Leh to Delhi and on to Hyderabad where they now await treatment from Dr. Murthy.
A special gratitude must be extended to Dr. Pauline Cheong and Dr Ranjana Mathur who secured the necessary intraocular lens for young Rinchen Dolma’s surgery and then arranged to have them sent to India for Dr. Murthy to implant. Without their generous efforts as well as the indispensable contributions of Dr. Ramesh Murthy, these two children might very well have lost their sight permanently.