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The youngest pellet victim of Kashmir valley Hiba Jan underwent her second surgery on 11th December at the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital (SMHS). The 19 month old girl’s eye was perforated by a pellet fired by Indian forces during an encounter at Shopian. Talking to the reporters, the victim’s father Nisar Ahmad said that they have been praying and hoping that the surgery is a success for her.

A senior doctor at the hospital said the little Hiba has suffered “severe damage” in her eye. “It is a tough surgery and there is less hope that the child get her eyesight back”, he said. Hiba was admitted in the hospital on 25th November and her parents had come across a number of people injured by pellets in past, who are going through repeated surgeries.

During a previous check-up, doctors have found that Hiba’s eye was “not reacting much to light”. Doctors also said that the child had suffered vitreous haemorrhage, a condition where blood leaks into the clear fluid (vitreous humour) that fills the eyeball, making it murky and causing vision loss.

Hiba was injured during an encounter which broke out in her village, Batgund Shopian. In the encounter, six militants along with one soldier were killed in the gunfight. Though the family was given a compensation of one lakh rupees by the state government, justice still eludes them.

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