Belarusian ophthalmologists have performed a unique surgery, managing to restore the eyesight of our country’s oldest female citizen. After four years of complete blindness, 117-year-old Anna Borisevich has re-gained the ability to see. She is now rehabilitating and practicing reading letters and numbers from a short distance. Soon, she’ll be able to distinguish words. Mrs. Borisevich is following her doctors’ instructions strictly as she wants her sight to be completely restored as soon as possible. She has three grand-grandchildren whom she has never seen. As soon as she can see well enough, she will visit her relatives.
This has been the first attempt to return the sight of such an elderly person.
Her examination revealed that the woman has a strong heart and normal blood pressure so the candidate of medical sciences, Igor Pashkin, was willing to risk the operation — and succeed; artificial lenses have been implanted in her eyes. The operation took just 25 minutes and has been heard of in Europe, the USA and Canada. The Belarusian medics have been flooded with messages requesting them to describe this unusual surgery in detail and the Guinness Book of Records has shown interest too. Presently, they are checking whether Anna Borisevich is the world’s oldest patient to undergo surgery. She is longing to read her name in the Record Book with her own eyes.