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Pellet removed from Kashmir’s youngest victim's eye

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Srinagar, Dec 12 : Doctors on Wednesday successfully removed the pellet lodged in the right eye of an 18-month-old girl, Hiba Nisar, the youngest pellet victim in Kashmir who was injured after getting hit inside her house last month.

"We have removed the pellet which was lodged in the right eye of the infant girl. We cannot say for sure that her ability to see with the affected eye will be restored, but we are making our best efforts," a doctor, who was part of the team that performed the operation, said.

The procedure to remove the pellet from Hiba's eye took a marathon two-and-half hours, the doctor said.

Hiba got the unwanted tag of being the youngest pellet victim in Kashmir on November 25 when she was hit by pellets inside her house during clashes between protesters and government forces in Shopian district. The picture of Hiba with a bandage on her right eye has gone viral on social media.

According to the infant's mother, Marsala Jan, Hiba was playing inside her house when clashes broke out between protesters and government forces in the wake of an encounter where six militants were killed.

"First, there was tear smoke all around us, which caused coughing in Hiba, and then there was a sudden bang. It was a pellet fired towards our home and my daughter was hit in the eye," Jan had said last month.

Hiba underwent a surgery on November 26 at SMHS Hospital here as she had suffered corneal perforation due to the pellets.

The doctors maintained that the treatment was a long-drawn process and Hiba's parents would have to take lot of precaution to ensure that she do not get any complications.

Mirwaiz visits Hiba at hospital

Srinagar, Dec 12: Hurriyat-M chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Wednesday visited 18-month-old pellet victim Hiba Nisar at SMHS Hospital.

Mirwaiz reached SMHS Hospital Wednesday afternoon and asked about the well-being of Hiba who was hit by pellets on November 25.

He said it was heart wrenching to see little Hiba under the influence of anaesthesia as she underwent a second eye surgery today.

“Heart wrenching to see baby Hiba under the influence of anaesthesia as she undergoes a second eye surgery while her parents cry! Such extreme cruelty! Ask Govt of India to Stop the tyranny of the #PelletGun on Kashmiris!” Mirwaiz wrote on Twitter.

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