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Couple have cataract surgery together at Edgware Community Hospital

Mary and Kypros Constantino requested to have their procedures done together reports Rana Rastegari

Cataract patients after surgery at Edgware Community Hospital
Mr and Mrs Constantino after surgery

A couple who have been married for over 50 years have recently undergone cataract surgery together at the eye surgery hub in Edgware Community Hospital. 

Aged 78 and 84, Mary and Kypros Constantino requested to have their procedures done together so that they could help each other through it.

The couple originally met when Mary and her brother went to a restaurant for a meal and saw Kypros, who was the head chef. 

Mary said “we looked at each other, and we liked each other. Then 3 months later, we got married and we’re still together after so many years because, marriage,… you have to make it last. We have problems, everybody has problems, but you have to make it work”. 

They have overcome a series of health challenges in recent years. At the height of the pandemic, in 2020, Kypros battled Covid-19 and was treated at Barnet Hospital. 

Kypros explains that there was a doctor in the hospital who couldn’t move away from his bed and said “I want you to survive.” 

He stated “I couldn’t forget that. I owe my life to the nurses and doctors” 

Each of them has now undergone the two cataract surgeries at Edgware Community Hospital and they explained that going to the hospital is now like returning to “a second home”. 

Dr Laurence Whitefield, the ophthalmologist who operated on the couple said “it’s pretty unusual to have a husband and wife on the same operating list. I’ve now been lucky enough to do this twice but to the same couple.”

He added: “We did the first operation last month and we did the right eye for both and this time we did their left eye. It has put a smile on everyone’s faces.”


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