BENGALURU: The late Kannada actor died on the 29th of October, due to a heart attack, after which his eyes were donated by his family members.
The doctors said that this is the first time in the state, performing an eye transplant and benefiting 4 people with a pair of eyes. With advanced technology, slicing the cornea into two was done and transplanted a set of two corneas to one and another to the other beneficiary.
“The white portion (limbal rim) of his eyes was also collected and sent to a lab, so limbal cells can be grown and be used for a patient suffering corneal burns or any other damage, especially with Deepavali around the corner,” said Dr K. Bhujang Shetty, chairman and managing director of Narayana Nethralaya Eye Hospital.
The surgeries were performed by a team of doctors led by Dr Rohit Shetty, head of the Department of Cornea and Refractive Surgery. The team comprised of Dr Yathish Shivanna, Medical Director of Dr Rajkumar Eye Bank, and consulting doctors, Dr Sharon D’Souza, Dr Harsha Nagaraj and Dr Prarthana.