12:00 AM, July 17, 2011 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, July 17, 2011

Assaulted by Husband

Rumana won't see, ever

Surgery on her right eye also fails to raise any hope

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Rakib Ahammed


Rumana Manzur is never going to see again.
Eye surgeons at Vancouver General Hospital in Canada could not repair the optic nerves in her right eye on Friday, while hope for the left eye had already been shattered.
A team of six surgeons and several other experts conducted an hour-long surgery on the right eye and tried in every possible way to restore her sight, Rumana's cousin Rashed Maqsood quoted her father Manzur Hossain as saying.
Rumana, a teacher of Dhaka University's international relations department, underwent another unsuccessful operation for her left eye at the hospital on Tuesday.
Also a postgraduate student of the University of British Columbia in Canada, she got her eyes damaged in a brutal attack by her husband Hasan Sayeed Sumon on June 5.
After eye experts in Bangladesh and India could not find any cure for her eyes, she was taken to Vancouver on July 5.
“Rumana and her parents are devastated,” said Maqsood. “We were hoping against hope. After the operation on the left eye went fruitless, we looked forward to the right eye surgery.”
After the surgery, doctors told Manzur, who accompanied his daughter to Canada, that the attack was calculative, said Maqsood.
Before leaving the country, Rumana told this correspondent that she could not think for once that she would not be able to see her only daughter Anushey again.
She had been dreaming of completing her study in UBC and returning to her classroom in DU after getting her eyesight back.
Sumon, who pushed his fingers into her eyes, is now behind bars. He was arrested on June 15.
In the meantime, Rumana has appealed before a family court to take her five-year-old daughter to Canada and signed papers to divorce her husband.

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