Burns and agony mar celebrations

Burns and agony mar celebrations

Deepavali flipside

Burns and agony mar celebrations

As euphoria and religious fervour marked this year’s Deepavali, burns and agony marred the celebrations with over 80 people admitted to hospitals with injured eyes on Friday and Saturday.

While a few cases are of serious nature, a majority of the affected were innocent passers-by or those just watching the bursting of crackers.  One such case is that of 11-year-old Smitha (name changed) who required eight stitches in her eye. She was watching crackers burst from the balcony of her home at Bommanhalli when a piece of fireworks hit her right eye on Friday night. Her parents, both doctors, took her to Nethradhama Superspeciality Eye Hospital at Jayanagar.

“The patient had sustained sclera tear (tear to the eye ball). As the tear was irregular, the eye popped out. So, we conducted an emergency surgery at midnight. The eye is badly damaged. We need to wait for a week or 10 days to see whether her sight is affected,” said Dr Ganesh, the surgeon who operated on Smitha. She was discharged on Saturday.

Apart from this, the hospital received nine cases, five of them children, on Friday. While six had corneal aberration and burns—all superficial injuries—two had hyphema (temporary vision loss due to blood clot in the eye).

One person also had an eye lid completely burnt.   Nine people—two adults, seven children—have been admitted to Minto Eye Hospital. Out of them, two underwent surgeries on Saturday. “The others have bleeding in their eyes. We have kept them under observation for two days,” said medical superintendent Dr Sriprakash K L. The hospital has received 24 cases since Friday.

Meanwhile, an 11-year-old boy was admitted to the burns ward of Victoria Hospital on Saturday. Dr B G Tilak, medical superintendent, said they had received seven more patients since Friday, who were treated and sent home. Most people had burns on their faces and hands.

According to Dr K Bhujang Shetty, chairman, Narayana Nethralaya, close to 40 per cent of the 28 victims that the hospital treated were bystanders. Seventeen of the patients were children.

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