The Israeli medical delegation to the Philippines has managed to restore the eyesight of four residents of the Philippines, aged 40 to 74, who were blind as a result of pterygia – growths in the eyes, associated with ultraviolet-light exposure, low humidity and dust.
The patients suffered from pterygia before Typhoon Haiyan hit the islands. “Many locals had this disease, but those who are poor couldn’t afford surgery,” Lt.-Col Dr. Erez Tsumi told Ynet.
According to Dr. Tsumi, who has been performing the surgeries, the delegation did have suitable equipment for operating on pterygia, but Reuven Gulfund, from the orthopedic department at the Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital in Jerusalem managed to find a solution.
Gulfund, who serves as a nurse with the delegation, said he had “found medical tools and redesigned them to make them more microscopic, gentler and sharper. Then we could start operating.”
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