Puneet Rajkumar died on 29th October, the main reason behind his death was a heart attack. The sad news of his death left many of his fans in shock. Talking about his work he is a proficient actor even after his death his eyes are watching the world as he donated his eyes to the four youth who have got to live a life and to see the beautiful world and access their day to day activities easily it’s all because of him and his beautiful gesture to help out those people in need which is indeed praiseworthy.
Talking about the intricate details of the donation his eyes were donated to 3 males and 1 female which was followed by the transplant surgery which happened in the last two days. talking about the location it all happened in Narayana Nethralay As per the rules and regulations of the hospital the patients have something called confidential that the hospital or the authorities cant reveal much.
Each eye of the late actor was used to treat patients from which the superior layer and deeper layer of the cornea was separated and the superior layer was transplanted to two patients who were suffering from superficial corneal disease and the deeper layer was transplanted to patients suffering from deep corneal layer disease according to the hospital authorities its something rare and unprecedented events.
Dr. Bhujang Shetty who is a chairman of Narayana Nethralaya in one of the interviews told ““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 successful transplant in 4 patients.”
Talking about how the surgery was done he said they performed two different techniques of lamellar keratoplasty on the outer part of the cornea they applied deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK). It was transplanted to two young p[atients. “Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (DALK) – wherein the outer or superficial part of cornea was transplanted in two young patients with corneal dystrophy and keratoconus. Both these conditions affect predominantly the superficial layer of the cornea while the deeper part of the eye is normal. Hence, only the superior part was replaced and the endothelium of the patient was retained. This greatly reduces the chance of graft rejection,” Dr. Shetty explained.
Dr.Shetty said “The superior layer was transplanted to two patients, who had superficial corneal disease, and only the deeper layer was transplanted to patients with endothelial or deep corneal layer disease. Hence, we created four different transplants from two corneas to restore vision for four different patients. This had not been done in Karnataka so far, to the best of our knowledge.”
Further the doctor continued “Usually, two corneas from a deceased individual are transplanted into two corneal blind patients. But, we went out of our way to use Puneeth’s corneal tissues to the maximum to honour the contributions made by his family.” The corneal transplant procedures were performed on October 30. “Finding suitable recipients for the procedures was a challenge. We sought help from B.L. Sujatha Rathod, director of the State-run Minto Ophthalmic Hospital.”
The Doctor said “The second technique is – Descemet’s Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSEK) – wherein the inner or deeper layer of the cornea is transplanted in two patients with corneal endothelial decompensation affecting the innermost layer of the cornea. In this procedure, only the endothelium is replaced, and usually carried out with a small incision and a few sutures. This avoids full thickness cornea transplant, is more comfortable for the patient and allows faster recovery.”
He said “Besides this, the limbal rim (white part of the eye near the circumference of the cornea), which was not used for the transplants, has been sent to our laboratory to generate ‘Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells’ for potential use in patients with Limbal Stem Cell deficiency, chemical injuries, acid burns and other serious disorders.”
The surgeries were performed by a team of doctors which included Rohit Shetty,who was the head of the department of Cornea and Refractive Surgery. The team also comprises of Yathish Shivanna, Medical Director of Dr. Rajkumar Eye Bank, and consultants Sharon D’Souza, Harsha Nagaraj and Prarthana Bhandary.