Ekta Pandey, a visually impaired girl from Lucknow, has pledged to donate her eyes. She lost her vision at the age of 12 after her fight with brain tumour, but her corneas are healthy, allowing her to fulfil her deep desire to make someone else see with her eyes.
By taking an exceptional, inspiring and truly amazing decision, a girl from Uttar Pradesh has set a unique example for numerous others to follow. She has restored our faith in humanity, and made us believe that there is a great amount of good in this world; all we need is the sight to see it happening around us.
And ‘sight’ is exactly what she will be gifting to a stranger one day.
Ekta Pandey, a visually impaired girl from Lucknow, has pledged to donate her eyes to the eye bank in King George’s Medical University.
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The MA first year student of Shakuntala Mishra National Rehabilitation University lost her vision because of a brain tumour when she was 12.
It was during an awareness lecture held at the university that Ekta voiced her desire to donate her eyes. She was told by many that this would not be possible. But she persisted, urging the health team at the university to check and find out if this could somehow happen.
How could such a selfless and beautiful wish go unanswered! Examination revealed that the loss of Ekta’s vision had occurred only due to optic nerve damage. Other than that, her corneas are healthy and intact. This means that she is eligible to donate her eyes. Right after this was confirmed, Ekta finished the formalities and finalised her decision.
Being a person who could once see and has now lost her sight, Ekta told The Times of India that she understands the painful contrast, and hence she wants to present someone with the gift of vision.
Coming from a state which contributes very little to the number of corneal donations across the country, Ekta is leading the way. We thank her for inspiring and motivating many of us to take a step in the right direction at the right time.
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