On January 30, 2014, Diruhi Manukyan had cataract surgery. Unfortunately, after the surgery, her sight continued to worsen. Diruhi was then referred to Dr. Anna Hovakimyan, and after a detailed examination, she was told that she had a damaged cornea and needed a corneal transplant.
“I waited for the transplant for more than a year,” Diruhi, 56, explains. “My sudden blindness caused many difficulties in my everyday life. I couldn’t do anything at home and couldn’t look after my grandchildren.”
But soon enough, there was hope; her corneal transplant happened. “Now I am feeling very good,” she says. “The pain is relieved and I can see again.”
Diruhi’s family moved to Armenia from Syria over a decade ago. She and her husband have three sons and two grandchildren. All her sons are happily married and live in Armenia.