Pellet blinded Soura teenager moved to Delhi

Pellet blinded Soura teenager moved to Delhi
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Treatment costly, but family unsatisfied with treatment at SMHS

Srinagar: Family of a Soura teenager, who was injured by pellets in one eye at Jamia Masjid last week, have shifted him to New Delhi after doctors told them that his left eyeball has been damaged completely.
Danish Ayub, 16, sustained severe eye damage in the pellet firing by government forces at Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid last Friday.
“His left eye is hurt badly due to pellets. Doctors at SMHS Hospital told us that he may not recover his vision to the injured eye because eyeball has been damaged seriously. But, they were not taking proper care. So we decided to shift him to New Delhi to treat him at a private eye hospital,” Danish’s brother Haris Ayub told Kashmir Reader over the phone from New Delhi.
Haris said Danish has infection in the operated part of the eye as “stitches were not properly done at SMHS Hospital, according to the doctors at a New Delhi Hospital”.
“We are poor and facing huge debt but we can’t let our brother suffer. We will mortgage our house and whatever is left there to treat him at the best eye hospital,” Haris said.
However, Head, Department of Ophthalmology at SMHS Hospital, Dr Tariq Qureshi appealed the family to avail “free and best treatment” at SMHS Hospital rather than getting lured by corporate hospitals outside J&K.
“We provide the best treatment to pellet victims but some families get lured by corporate hospitals and NGOs. That way they waste their money and time. I would appeal them come and avail free and best treatment at SMHS Hospital that too on the priority basis. Outside hospitals lure them to earn money while we do the surgeries free of cost,” he said.
Danish was at the Jamia Masjid for Friday prayers when police fired inside through one of the gates.
According to witnesses there was a peaceful rally outside the mosque when police and paramilitary used teargas shells and pellets to disperse the crowd. They closed the gates of the mosque and fired pellets inside, they said.
Danish’s family is shattered at the weak prospects of Danish regaining vision in his left eye.
The 12th class student was a topper at a Government Higher Secondary School, Drang area of Budgam in Class 10 exams with 98 percent marks. He has been staying in Budgam with a maternal uncle for many years. He aspired to become a doctor.
“That dream has been shattered by the cruel government forces,” her mother Shahnaza had told Kashmir Reader.
The family said that Danish’s treatment is costly and unaffordable for the family, “facing huge debt” after a fire which destroyed their two-storey house some years back.