The free cochlear operations project, aimed at treating children who cannot hear or speak, has entered its third phase at the Bahria Town Hospital. As many as 70 children have been operated on so far under the project, and 50 more operations are to take place, Dr Iqbal Javed Khan, an implant surgeon at Bahria Town Hospital, said on Saturday.
Dr Khan told the media that those born without the ability to speak or hear could be treated through the procedure. He said children born with the medical problem had a better chance of recovery if they were operated on before reaching two years of age. He said they recommended this procedure until the age of five. “This is the only facility in the country offering free cochlear operations for deserving patients. One operation costs between Rs1.8 million and Rs2 million,” he said. Eight to 10 operations will be performed every day from May 24 to May 30, said Khan who has traveled from England to perform the operations.