Sheshrao Bhonjai used to earn a living by selling gas balloons. In 2015, Sheshrao was involved in a tragic accident when a gas cylinder blew up. The blast was so severe that it resulted in him losing vision in both of his eyes.
Immediately after the blast, Sheshrao was admitted to a small local hospital in Apala for 18 days. However, due to his case being so severe, he was not able to get appropriate treatment at that hospital and returned home disappointed. Soon after, Sheshrao travelled to Mumbai in search of better treatment and was admitted at Nair Hospital in the city. He underwent 5-6 operations at the hospital but was unable to get any better.
As a consequence, Sheshrao’s wife became the sole earning member of the family and Sheshrao became dependent on her modest income of Rs. 400 – Rs. 500 ($5 – $7) per week. After losing his vision and livelihood, Sheshrao found it so hard to deal with life positively that he even attempted suicide twice.
Eventually, Sheshrao visited a doctor in Mumbai, who told him to visit the Tej Kohli Cornea Institute and to consult Dr Bhupesh Bagga. Dr Bagga noted that Sheshrao had already had corneal transplantation performed on both of his eyes and had no vision at all. While his prognosis was severe, Sheshrao was determined to undergo another transplantation.
Dr Bhupesh Bagga and Dr Sirisha conducted a transplant on Sheshrao’s right eye. The surgery was successful. Sheshrao regained his vision partially. Because of this, he can now do small domestic chores and personal tasks, which is a massive improvement from his earlier condition. Sheshrao now says that anyone suffering from eye-related issues should visit Tej Kohli Cornea Institute and get appropriate treatment.