A Saudi doctor in Canada restores a patient’s vision


Riyadh – An elderly Canadian patient’s eyesight was recently restored through a corneal transplant performed by Bader Al-Qahtani, a Saudi physician who resides in Ottawa, Canada.
According to reports, the 70-year-old patient went to the emergency room with serious corneal ulcers and had lost eyesight in one eye.
The University of Ottawa Hospital’s emergency staff contacted Al-Qahtani, a specialist in cataract surgery, vision-correction procedures, and corneal transplants.
Al-Qahtani told Arab News that corneal surgery with an amniotic membrane transplant was performed to improve vision after the infection had been controlled with the appropriate drugs.

“No surgery is free from potential complications, but after careful consideration with the patient and her family, she agreed to proceed,” the doctor continued. She restored her functional vision, which was an astonishing and deeply emotional event.

Following the successful surgery, the woman and her family thanked the hospital’s administrators in a letter for their assistance.

Success, according to Al-Qahtani, “reflects the level of education and training we received in Saudi Arabia during medical school and training, which enable any Saudi doctor to meet international standards of patient care.”

Special gratitude go out to Allah and the Saudi government for supporting me in obtaining this position, he continued.

On March 30, the Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau in Canada gave Al-Qahtani a certificate of recognition for his outstanding performance in the presence of Dr. Muhammad Al-Jabreen, the charge d’affaires at the Saudi Mission in Canada.

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