Dharan, June 21

Surgery was performed on a patient suffering from black fungus ten days after he recovered from COVID-19 at BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, in Dharan.

Ear, Nose and Throat Department at BPKIHS successfully performed the surgery on a 61-year-old man suffering from black fungus for the first time outside Kathmandu valley. The patient was discharged from the hospital following recovery from the disease.

A group of doctors led by Dr Shankar Prasad Sah had conducted surgery on the patient. The man was admitted to the hospital after the left side of his face was swollen and he had a sore on his left eye on May 17.

The man was discharged from Kathmandu-based Bir Hospital after he recovered from COVID-19 ten days earlier. The man had received oxygen therapy and steroid during his treatment.

The sexagenarian was operated on May 18.

Black fungus is a rare but dangerous infection. It is caused by a group of molds called mucormycetes and often affects the sinuses, lungs, skin, and brain.

"The man was discharged from the hospital on June 18," said Dr Sah.

A version of this article appears in the print on June 22, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.