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KPK's Novel under observation for optometric treatement

by April 18, 2017 General

Senior anti-graft investigator Novel Baswedan continues to be monitored by doctors in Singapore for signs of improvement in his left eye, which was seriously injured last week in an acid attack.

Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokesman Febri Diansyah said Novel remained in stable condition, but still suffered from blurred vision and will remain under medical observation until optometrists can conclude whether or not he would need a corneal graft.

 “Novel’s doctors said they want to observe the development of cornea tissue in his left eye for the coming week. If there is sufficient corneal tissue growth [in his eye], he will not need to undergo surgery,” Febri told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.

Based on Novel’s latest eye examination on Monday, doctors observed corneal tissue growth taking place in the whites of his eye (sclera), while the pupil has shown no signs of improvement.

His next examination is scheduled for Wednesday.

Novel was left with severe burns on his face after two unidentified men on a motorcycle threw acid at him as he was walking home from attending morning prayers at a mosque in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta, on April 11.

He was flown to Singapore the next day to receive medical treatment and possible surgery for his left eye. (rdi)