Losing eyesight and bearing pain isn’t a life that any farmer would expect at 40 years of age. For Dattatreya Ginvekar, life was never so gloomy. Being a farmer from Wai in Maharashtra, Ginvekar has always been the one to fight natural calamities, but this fight with a disease seemed to kill his hopes, once and for all.
Since June, Ginvekar is suffering from Pappilodema, a condition where the pressure around the eye region increases due to rising fluid around the brain. This condition took away his vision and also his source of income. His ceaseless trips to hospitals turned to be futile. The family finally approached Dr. Sunil Morekar.
“Ginvekar was affected with Papilledema, a condition where the fluid around the brain increases, which puts high pressure on the optic nerve which leads to swelling. In such a condition, people generally opt for a neuro-surgery. However, we have treated a patient with similar complication without a neuro-surgery. Hence, he was directed to me from JJ Hospital,” said Dr. Sunil Morekar, consultant eye surgeon at various city hospitals.
After examining Ginvekar’s condition, Dr. Morekar decided to treat him for free. “I can perfectly understand the pain of not having eyesight. Looking at him, I called up my colleague from Fortis hospital, Vashi asking if the free treatment was a viable option,” added Dr. Morekar.
His colleague and friend, Dr. Harshavardhan Ghorpade happily agreed, “I was immensely happy to second Dr. Morekar’s decision of curtailing all the cost of the hospital and keeping the surgeon’s cost as nil. We created a small opening at the optic nerve so that the pressure could be released. On Tuesday, this procedure was conducted, post which he can appreciate light.”
His operation was done at Fortis Hospital in Vashi. Today, Ginvekar can see from his eyes and hence start working. “Health equity is important and needs to stressed upon. It’s not about doing anything for free. It is always about knowing that health equity is the only option for better survival,” said Dr. Morekar.
The farmer from Wai now is happy that all the worries have now come to an end. He will, however need to follow up for the eye condition.
What is Papilledema?
It is a swelling in the optic nerve which is caused due to the rising pressure in and around the brain. Its symptoms may be lack of vision, headache, vomiting or a combination of them all.