Puneeth Rajkumar donated eyes: Kannada Power Star Puneeth Rajkumar’s demise came in as a huge shocker for the entire film fraternity. He was one of the fittest actors in the Kannada film industry and people couldn’t digest the fact that a healthy person like him succumbed to a cardiac arrest. The final rites of the actor were held in Bengaluru on Sunday.
Puneeth’s eyes were donated after his death. Now, it is reported that four people have now got eyesight because of him.
The recipients, three male and one male, underwent transplant surgery in Narayana Nethralaya. To maintain the patient’s privacy, the hospital authorities haven’t revealed any details about them.
Each eye of the actor was used to treat two patients. In each eye, the superior and deeper layers of the cornea were separated.
The superior layer was transplanted to two patients who had the superficial corneal disease. The deeper layers were transplanted to the people with endothelial or deep corneal layer disease. The hospital authorities have claimed it to be a rare instance.
Speaking to the News18, Chairman of Narayana Nethralaya, Dr Bhujang Shetty said, “All four patients are in between 20 and 30 years of age. They were on the waiting list for over 6 months now. Due to Covid-19, eye donations had stopped completely. Earlier, we used to do at least 200 transplant surgeries per month in our hospital. Things are getting better for the past 2-3 months. But the waiting list is long. So we made the best use of available eyes and instead of two, we were able to do a successful transplant in 4 patients.”