Rumana likely to return home tomorrow as doctors in India find no cure for her eyes
Dhaka University Assistant Professor Rumana Manzur is expected to return from India tomorrow as doctors there have said there is little chance for her to get back eyesight, family sources said.
A medical board in Sankara Nethralaya, an eye hospital in Chennai where she was undergoing treatment, yesterday said no cure was available right now for the eyes badly damaged by her husband.
The board, however, recommended taking Rumana to the hospital again after two months, said a cousin of the victim.
Another report of ophthalmologists at Arvind Eye Centre in Pondicherry, to where Rumana was taken for a second opinion, has echoed views of Sankara doctors, the cousin told The Daily Star yesterday, preferring anonymity.
Rumana, a teacher of DU international relations department and a postgraduate student of University of British Columbia, was taken to India on June 14.
She received severe injuries as her husband Hasan Sayeed Sumon pushed his fingers into her eyes and gnawed her nose and throat at her father’s Dhanmondi residence in the capital on June 5.
Earlier, ophthalmologists in India confirmed that Rumana’s left eye had gone permanently sightless while retina of the other one was not responding to brain.
Meanwhile, Rumana’s husband Hasan Sayeed Sumon on remand confessed that he had attacked her eyes as she insulted him for his poor eyesight, said Monirul Islam, deputy commissioner of Detective Branch (South).
Arrested on June 15, Sumon also confessed to police that he was jealous of his wife’s success and he had made another attempt to kill her on May 21.
Police will place Sumon before a Dhaka court today seeking fresh remand.
Eye specialist Niaz Rahman, who provided treatment to Rumana immediately after her admission to LabAid Hospital in the capital, said “It seemed Rumana’s left eye is incurable.”
“There is little hope for the right eye as it also got severe injuries,” the ophthalmologist told The Daily Star.
Bangladeshi communities in Vancouver and University of British Columbia in Canada in messages have expressed grave concern over the brutal attack on Rumana.
-With The Daily Star input
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