Indore: The doctors at Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital conducted cochlear implant surgery on two girls on Thursday. Both girls are two years of age. According to MGM Medical College dean Dr Sharad Thora, the doctors of MY Hospital successfully performed cochlear implant on two girls who had hearing problem since birth. He said patients will go through training and speech therapy to use the implant effectively.

“Surgery on Zara Khan, resident of Nagda Junction, and Archana Rathore of Indore were performed. We have already registered 20 children for surgery and will conduct in next couple of months,” Dr Thora said. Surgeries were performed by Dr SP Dubey, Dr Yamini Gupta, Dr Sanjay Agrawal, Dr Jagram Verma and Dr Jafar Pathan. Anaesthesia was administered by Dr KK Arora, Dr Monica Gandhi and Dr Neetu Gupta.

MY Hospital administration was trying to start cochlear implant for last five years. The surgeries were conducted under Mukhyamantri Bal Shravan Yojana and National Rural Health Mission.

Pvt hospitals charge Rs 7 lakh to Rs 9 lakh

Javed Khan, father of Zara Khan, said he had approached private hospital for his daughter’s treatment. “At a private hospital, we were told that cochlear implant will cost up to Rs 9 lakh. We couldn’t afford it, so we approached District Hospital and were selected for implant in MY Hospital,” Javed said. The surgery was performed for free in the hospital.

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