We recently discussed a horrific case where 10 women died and dozens were injured in India after a mass sterilization. Now, authorities are investigating a case where over 24 poor and elderly people went blind following cataract surgeries performed at a free medical camp in northern India.
The blinded individuals were among some 130 patients who were all older than 50 and living in either Amritsar or nearby Gurdaspur, in Punjab state. Patients later complained that they had developed infections or had lost their eyesight. They blinded patients are not expected to regain their vision.
The head of a charity has been arrested in the aftermath of the botched operations.