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Jakarta Post

Novel to undergo eye surgery

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, February 11, 2018   /   10:50 pm
Novel to undergo eye surgery Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) senior investigator Novel Baswedan walks in the Orchard shopping center in Singapore on Nov. 16, 2017. Novel is scheduled on Monday to have surgery on his left eye, which was severely damaged in an acid attack in April last year. (The Jakarta Post/Dhoni Setiawan)

Senior Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan is scheduled to undergo surgery on Monday to cure his severely injured left eye.

During the procedure, surgeons will replace several membranes in Novel’s eye to accelerate its recovery, which will hopefully enable them to implant a synthetic cornea.

“From several examinations conducted by Singaporean and British doctors, it was found that membranes in Novel’s left eye had not yet fully recovered. This has hindered the surgeons’ plan to implant the artificial cornea,” KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah said in a statement on Sunday.

He said the KPK had assigned its doctor to accompany Novel during the surgery.

Novel suffered severe burns to his face when he was attacked with acid by two unknown men on April 11 last year. The police have not yet found the perpetrators after 10 months of investigation.  (ebf)