Wanderlust and curiosity defined Memuna Muhamed’s life. She moved from Ahmedabad, India to Nairobi, Kenya and later to Mombasa. In her youth, a poem she’d read inspired her to move to Kenya. “I loved traveling and would often move around with my family. Sometimes I would just pack up and go on my own,” laughs Memuna. “Back then traveling in Africa was safe and fun, a few Kenyan Shillings could get you far.”
When she was nearing her 60th birthday, she began to think of all the new places she could travel to. However, six months before her birthday, she noticed a gray cloud develop in her left eye. “I was first told that I had cataracts and would need them removed.” She’d been nearsighted for much of her life, but when she returned to Nairobi, she was referred to a retina specialist was also diagnosed her with myopic Choroidal Neovascularization (mCNV). mCNV is a complication of severe nearsightedness that can lead to blindness.
While Memuna was waiting for her cataract surgery and to receive treatments for her mCNV, her eyesight deteriorated badly. “You don’t realize how much you depend on your vision until you’re going to lose it,” she says. Luckily she was physically and emotionally close to her family, who constantly supported her along the way.
Not willing to take any chances, the family decided to get her diagnosed abroad. Her children, who are in their late teens, took the help of the internet to find viable treatment options. “My kids are very tech savvy, we decided to rely on their judgment”, she says. Originally a native of Ahmedabad, India, deep down the family had always desired to travel to India. “We love traveling and this would serve as a great opportunity for us to visit our country and hometown of Ahmedabad and find best eye specialist doctor in India", said Memuna.
Unfortunately, after multiple correspondences with the hospital in Ahmedabad, they were still looking for answers. “The hospital didn’t respond to our multiple emails and calls, we had no choice but to drop the idea”. It was during this tumultuous time of confusion, that the children stumbled upon Vaidam’s Health Site. Overjoyed Memuna recalls, “Vaidam was a God-send for us, just at a time when we needed it the most”. Owing to the high density of hospitals, they were advised to prioritize their search in New Delhi (NCR).
The New Delhi (NCR) region has a high density of hospital, owing primarily to a large number of medical institutes and private hospitals. Over the years, this region has emerged as a popular medical destination for medical travelers.
The family arrived on 1 May, 2018, and made necessary appointments with the hospital. Out of the options provided for the best eye hospital in India, they decided to go with Artemis., “We read some really good online reviews and were confident about our decision in the choice of a hospital”. However, after an initial visit, the family decided to take the second opinion. “We called Vaidam’s Health Representative to help us out with more specialist opinions, and were immediately shown a number of alternatives”.
After going through multiple options, the family decided to get the eye check-up done at Bharti Eye Speciality Hospital. One of the things that stuck about this hospital was that it was a specialized hospital dedicated to eye care. After looking at various doctor profiles, the family decided to make an appointment with Dr. Bhupesh Singh, on Friday, 4 May, 2018. “Dr. Bhupesh answered all our questions and explained the diagnosis carefully, overall we are very satisfied with the advice we received”.
After a successful hospital visit and ongoing treatments, Mamuna’s vision has improved. Now back in Kenya, she is now teaching herself to knit, picking out seeds for her vegetable garden, and of course, reading about other women’s traveling adventures until her next trip.