[:en]6 July 2014 (Dubai, United Arab Emirates): It was the perfect birthday gift – Adetutu spent her second birthday with her mother at Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai for a follow up consultation with a specialist consultant, following successful surgery to implant intraocular lenses. The case was treated as a charitable case and treatment was offered to Adetutu free of any charge to the family by the hospital, which also collected funds to help meet the costs of accommodation in Dubai and flights to Nigeria. In her short life, Adetutu has also undergone heart surgery in India. Since the surgery in Dubai, Adetutu and her mother have returned safely to Nigeria.
An intraocular lens (IOL) is a lens implanted in the eye used to treat cataracts or secondary aphakia and is the most commonly performed eye surgical procedure.
Speaking about the IOL treatment, Dr Darakhshanda Khurram, Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai, who performed the surgery, said: “Adetutu and her mother originally came to the hospital to see if we could fit contact lenses but they did not have the funds to do this, as the baby had also needed heart surgery in India, as well. So, we all agreed that we would perform the IOL implants surgery as a charity case with no charge. We are all delighted that the treatment was successful and that we were able to help a baby girl who has been through so much, at such a young age, and to help the struggling mother.”
Speaking at the hospital, the mother of Adetutu, Gwen Adejola, said: “The care has been very special and I hope that Adetutu will be able to see clearly and run around with clear vision. I was extremely surprised and grateful to the staff at Moorfields for the treatment and for the very pleasant and homely environment that we enjoyed.”
On her return to Nigeria, Gwen Adejola composed a poem in appreciation of all the staff at Moorfields:When one is alone lost in the multitude of worries, thinking there is no solution to our problems, then hope and care comes from afar, from places least expected, this great thing you have done, without prejudice, without thinking about colour or class, bringing joys to our lives. At Moorfields, you gave us light to see, for this may your sun never dim, your sun will never dim.