Forr Tarannum Aara, yesterday was a day she won’t forget anytime soon. Having had to look at blurred faces for two years, including that of her husband’s and daughter’s, the 35-year-old was yesterday able to see clearly. The relief came after doctors at KEM Hospital removed a 7-cm large tumour in her brain, which was pushing down on her optic nerve, leaving her almost blind in one eye.
The resident of Jharkhand, who has already lost vision in her right eye, came to the city after doctors in Chennai diagnosed her with a tumour. Speaking about the treatment, Tarannum’s husband Mahmood said, “She was barely able to do any daily chores owing to her diminishing vision. We took her to doctors in Ranchi but were not informed of the tumour. We then travelled to Chennai where an MRI scan showed that a non-cancerous tumour was pushing against her optic nerve.”
He added that the doctors told them the treatment would cost roughly Rs 2.5 lakh. “Being a shoemaker, I don’t have that kind of money. It was then that our family doctor told us to seek treatment from a civic hospital in Mumbai.”
Now, Tarannum is all smiles. The doctors removed the tumour on Monday in a two-hour surgery. Dr Atul Goel, head of neurosurgery department at the hospital, said that she was suffering from non-functioning pituitary adenomas. “We carried out a trans-nasal surgery. The patient is steadily recovering now. She was pleasantly surprised to regain her vision almost immediately post the surgery. Early diagnosis is a must in such cases to avoid any growth of the tumour, which can damage the optic nerve,” said Dr Goel.
While Tarannum attributes her regained vision to God’s grace, doctors at the hospital say they have treated around 2,000 cases involving major tumours. They said that once such a tumour is removed, the pressure on the nerve is released, allowing the person to see clearly.
“Normally, doctors don’t see such large tumours in other countries as it is diagnosed and treated at an early stage. Patients should remember that once their vision diminishes, they need go for follow-up treatments and not just change glasses. Otherwise, there may be irreversible damage to their eyesight,” Dr Goel said.