Tushig can continue to play football

Tushig is one of three children born with severe congenital eye issues, also know as hereditary retinal problems. An Orbis trained doctor, Dr Battsetseg, who works at a mother and child hospital was first introduced to Tushigs's family when she screened his younger brother, Tenuun.

The family brought him to the eye hospital knowing that their two other boys were born with serious retinal conditions and they feared the same was happening to their new baby. Dr. Battsetseg chose to do a laser procedure on Tenuun, which was successful at saving his vision, and afterward connected with Dr. Paul Chan (Orbis Volunteer Faculty and world-renowned ROP specialist) to report on subsequent post-operative check ups with Tenuun.

After successfully managing Tenuun’s case, Dr. Battsetseg asked the family if she could ex-
amine the two other brothers. The oldest child had already become irreversibly blind, but
Tushig still had a slight amount of vision in his right eye—precious vision that could be
restored through a combination of surgical procedures, laser treatments, and the provision
of eyeglasses. The lift of his eyelid was needed to prevent amblyopia.

For the Last Few Years, Tushig Has Coped Surprisingly Well

By tilting his head backwards and raising his eyebrows in order to see. Even before his pto-
sis-affected eyelid was lifted, Tushig didn’t let his vision impairment stop him. In familiar ter-
ritory around the home, he was often seen running, playing soccer, or even riding his bike.

He regularly completes his homework by a window in the kitchen each afternoon after he comes home from school. However, Tushig has not been spared from accidents due to his eye condition. When he was 3-years-old, he broke his leg (femur bone) while running through the house.

After the surgery conducted by Dr. Battsetseg, Tushig’s working eye (right side)
has become more visible, and, his appearance had brightened. We thank Dr Battsetseg and all of our volunteers and partners for helping children with avaoidable blindness

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