Achanna’s new lease of life

Gaddula Achanna, 70, a farmer and father of five daughters is from a remote village in Chagulla district, West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh. He had developed a small, gradually progressing, white nodule on his right eye. Poverty and geographical remoteness delayed the seeking of care. When the right eye mass became huge and started protruding out of his eye, causing pain and discharge, he went to Smt Rajeswari Ramakrishnan Lions Eye Hospital at Nidadavole who referred him to LVPEI Vijayawada where Dr Anasua Ganguly diagnosed ocular surface tumor that had spread into the orbit.

Orbital exenteration surgery was done to remove the entire tumor to save his life. A complete systemic screening ruled out spread of the tumor to his body. Finally on histopathology it turned out to be a rare case of mucoepidermoid carcinoma conjunctiva spreading to the orbit. The old man was awestruck to have got back a new lease of life. He was immensely grateful to LVPEI’s “God-like” doctor and staff for alleviating his guilt of having his daughters pitch in to earn for the family.

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