Mother pleads for assistance for son with retinal scars
Twenty one- year- old Rohit Mohanlall of Lot 68, Plantation Hope, Bath Settlement, West Berbice is going blind due to the presence of retinal scars in both of his eyes. At present, the condition has taken over the entire left eye and if a medical operation is not done very soon, he could go totally blind, since the scars are slowly taking over his right eye.
His mother, Chanmattie Mohanlall said that problem was discovered when Rohit was 14- years- old.
“When he was 18 years, he was completely blind in the left [eye] and about four months now, I found out that the disease gone into the right eye”, she posited. He was taken out of school at age ten, since “he would not see what the teachers them write and they would beat he and he does cry everyday”. She then took him to the Cuban doctors at the Georgetown Hospital where the diagnosis was made.
“I take him to many doctors and they said that nothing can be done here [Guyana], then I took him to Dr [George] Norton and he said that the only way something can be done is that I have to seek help overseas.”
Mohanlall said that she took her son to the National Ophthalmology Hospital at Port Mourant, Corentyne, where he received treatment for three years, “and after he not getting help, I just quit it”. “They treated him for the left eye, and they never said to me that the disease was in the right eye, too.”
Four months ago, it was discovered by Dr Rambarack that the retinal scars have entered the right eye.
According to a medical statement given to Mohanlall by Dr George Norton, “The….patient complains of reduced vision in both eyes. The left eye is legally blind for many years now, with retinal scars in all of the posterior poles especially in the para- macular region. The patient depended entirely on his right eye for useful vision with no complaints until two weeks ago when he presented pain and reduced vision of the said eye. Considering the left eye being blind and the imminent threat to the right eye becoming similarly affected, I recommend that this patient be evaluated for adequate management by the vitreoretinal specialist in a sufficiently sophisticated Ophthalmology Centre”.
Mohanlall needs the help of the public to offset the expense of the eye surgery that can be conducted in the United States. She made contact with the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and they sent a statement that charges for an evaluation would be US$2000. If the surgery is indicated, the estimated charges would be US$30,000. She requires $6.4M.
She approached the Ministry of Health who offered $1M but she would have to raise the rest. She has thus far raised $1M with assistance from family members but still requires $4.4M.
Those who wish to assist the young man can contact the Mohanlalls on telephone number 328-7822.