Monday, February 1, 2010

Narayana Nethralaya ties up with SickKids

Retinoblastoma is a rare type of eye cancer that affects children, usually below the age of five. Approximately one child in every 15000, is affected by this cancer. The most common observation is a white shine from inside the eye, sometimes called the cat’s eye reflex, said Dr Ashwin Mallipatna, Head of Retinoblastoma Services, Narayana Nethralaya.

Recently, Bangalorebased eye hospital Narayana Nethralaya had entered into a collaborative agreement with The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Canada for treatment for the cancer. This is facilitated by Healthy Kids International, a SickKids Organisation that has supported many international projects.

Dr K Bhujang Shetty, Chairman, Narayana Nethralaya on Monday said that this collobaration is a major step for the management of the children’s eye cancer in India. “We have re-dedicated ourselves to the cause of children’s eye diseases in this 25th year.

No child without vision or threatning diseases shall be shunned away for want of finances. Our final aim is to put back a smile on every child’s face,”he said.

Sandalwood starlet Ramya and children suffering from Retinoblastoma left their hand imprints on clay, to mark this significant occasion.


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