Now, I Shall Fly
Rounak Prajapthi, a charming 3-year-old boy was diagnosed with retinoblastoma in both eyes. His left eye had to be removed, but his right eye was salvaged with a total of 12 cycles of systemic chemotherapy. His parents were delighted that he was doing well until one day, he complained of decreased vision in his only seeing eye at the age of 4.
Rounak was rushed to The Operation Eye Sight Universal Institute for Eye Cancer at L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad. He was now diagnosed with recurrence of tumour in his only seeing eye and the parents were devastated to hear this news. Rounak’s only question was “Mama, will I be able to see you again?” Dr Swathi Kaliki had prolonged discussions with the parents and decided to go ahead with a new treatment - intra-arterial chemotherapy. A small puncture was made into an artery in his right thigh and through it he received chemotherapy directly to his right eye. After receiving 4 cycles of intra-arterial chemotherapy he now is declared disease free.
With the support of The Operation Eye Sight Universal Institute for Eye Cancer, he was provided this treatment completely free of cost which otherwise would have costed his parents a lot. “I am a daily wage worker and wouldn’t have been able to afford this treatment. I am indebted to the institute for not only saving my child’s life but also his eye and vision. He is now a happy child and has started going to school,” says the delighted father.