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Preet and Winder were so thrilled to welcome their baby Amar in 2013, though when he was three weeks old, Preet noticed something about her baby that didn’t seem quite right. She was changing his diaper and noticed his pupil looked blue. While they waited for a referral from their family doctor, Preet sent a photo of Amar’s cloudy eye to her cousin who is a doctor in Toronto who said Preet and Winder should take Amar to the Alberta Children’s Hospital.
When they arrived at the hospital they were scared and couldn’t help but fear the worst. But their fears of cancer or some other disease affecting his eye were soon alleviated when the triage nurse looked at Amar and said, “It’s a cataract.” The next day they had an appointment at the Guru Nanak Dev Ji Vision Clinic, which has received generous support from the Sikh community in Calgary. Being Sikh themselves, as soon as they saw the name on the sign they looked at each other said, “Amar will be OK.” To them, it was a sign Amar would be in good hands.
Because Amar’s brain was still developing, Preet and Winder were told their baby would need a surgery to correct his cataract before he was three months old to avoid the risk of him losing vision in that eye. When Amar was only six weeks old, Dr. Bill Astle performed the surgery, which involved taking out Amar’s lens and replacing it with an artificial lens. The Alberta Children’s Hospital is one of the few sites in Canada where this operation is performed.Thanks to Dr. Astle’s expertise and the donor-funded equipment available in the vision clinic, Amar’s eye is getting stronger and stronger.
The Gill family are so grateful the Guru Nanak Dev Ji Vision Clinic at the Alberta Children’s Hospital was available to them when they needed it and thankful to donations from the generous community who helped make it possible. Thanks to them Amar was able to receive world-class care here at home in Calgary.