Thank you Dr. Omar Ozgur of Indian Surgical Mission Support – ‘Operation Restore Vision’ for performing a free congenital ptosis repair (droopy eyelid) surgery on our young patient Jay and curing him from this ailment. Jay and his parents are blissed out and are grateful to you and The Hans Foundation Eye Care for this magnificent birthday gift.
Sonu is a 13-year-old boy born with cataract in both eyes. His poor vision made him face many issues during his childhood. He could not make friends which made him an introvert. His medical condition deteriorated day by day because of his family’s negligence. But once THFH’s doctors operated upon him, Sonu is recovering slowly but steadily.
Ghasitu an 80-year-old man lost his vision due to cataract in 2014. After his successful cataract surgery in early 2015 resulting in vision restoration, he was able to play with his grandchildren and perform the daily house chores. Ghasitu lives a normal life today.
Roopwati got married at the tender age of 10 and eventually gave birth to three children, who unfortunately passed away in infancy. Her step mother-in-law fed her food laced with mercury, causing a toxic reaction inside her body causing stumping of her hand and leg. She also had scarring of eye lids and exposed cornea. In the long run, she may have corneal ulcers and loss of remaining vision. She has a small shop catering to pilgrims from which she makes meagre earnings. Her husband and step mother-in-law died over 5 year ago but she supports her only son's education through governmental help. The Hans Foundation Eye Care operated on her, due to which she can now close her eyelids. Now, the cornea is not exposed. The worst is over. She will need more surgeries which The Hans Foundation Eye will continue provide her with.
Her cousin threw a chair at 9-year-old Kamini, seriously injuring her eye. Her father ran from pillar to post visiting different eye hospitals for his daughter's treatment. But, he was shown the door because he couldn’t afford the treatment. A kind neighbourhood Ophthalmologist referred Kamini to The Hans Foundation Eye Care. In spite of not being fully equipped for general anaesthesia, we took her in. Our in-house physician giving IV sedation, we repaired her cornea and aspirated her ruptured lens. Now in the second phase, she will need corneal grafting and IOL implantation. For now, the worst is over.
Sixty-Five-year-old Jay Singh begs for food to make a living. Facial palsy rendered his left eye open to infection and trauma. Plastic surgery at The Hans Foundation Eye Care corrected his damaged lower lid. Now he can close his left eye, and it is safe from the elements. With this happy story comes the sadness of knowing that Singh has no place to call home, and must go back to begging for food once again.
Kamla lives in a small village in Nainital. She had cataract in both eyes. Her grandson brought her to us in Haridwar after navigating a large part of the Himalayan terrain, hoping she could undergo cataract eye surgery. Our ophthalmologists performed free physical exams and surgeries. Kamla can now see and her happiness knows no bounds.
Keshar Singh is an 80-year-old man full of energy and enthusiasm. He loves to talk about everything under the sun! The only thing that worries him is lack of proper healthcare in Pauri-Garhwal district. He himself is suffering from an orthopaedic issue and regularly visits The Hans Foundation Hospital in Satpuli for regular health check-ups. He says that his joints are getting better and he can now climb 4 kms uphill and pays Rs 100 to the local transport facility without any hesitation just to come at the facility. He is happy now and expresses his gratitude to the hospital staff and management for bringing healthcare to the people of his district and improving his own joint problems.
A blinding trachoma which is a form of chronic conjunctivitis made Mohar’s eyelids turn inwards. The resulting eyelash-on-cornea also called the 'Windshield Wiper Effect' caused corneal scarring and blindness. To relieve Mohar of the windshield wiper effect, The Hans Foundation Eye Care Ophthalmologists performed free surgery on both his eyes. To heal his vision, the ophthalmologists are planning to perform corneal grafting, completely free of charge.
December, 2014. Savitri, a one eyed patient, was blinded with cataract. Her disability, compounded with needless blindness, struck Ophthalmologist Dr. RP hard. At our Haridwar The Hans Foundation Eye Care, the Dr. performed free surgery on Savitri’s cataract. Once again, Savitri can see. The Hans Foundation Hospitals team was gratified to serve.
Baba Bhagat Singh
Baba Bhagat Singh, a cataract blinded patient was operated at The Hans Foundation Eye Care. His vision from one eye has been restored and now that he can see again, he does not stumble and fall anymore and he can once again read the scriptures and perform daily chores. In the coming few weeks, his other eye will also be treated upon that will restore his complete vision.
Kashiram, a farmer by profession, had cataract and glaucoma in both his eyes. He belongs to a very backward rural region that lacks basic health amenities. A father to 4 children, Kashiram is the only bread earner of his family. He told us how blurred vision impeded his family's source of living and made their condition miserable. After our doctors performed surgeries on his eyes the vision improved remarkably and he his is able to work without any difficulty.
Chandra Dayal, age 45 years is suffering from tuberculosis, a common respiratory health problem in the hilly rural area of Satpuli. He earns a living as a rickshaw puller, spending most of his time in dust prone areas. He also smokes biddis (locally rolled no-filter cigarettes), a prime cause of tuberculosis. In the past, he consulted a local doctor who gave him cough syrup for his cough. In absence of a proper healthcare facility and information, his condition deteriorated day by day. We are happy to say, he is now under treatment at The Hans Foundation - Satpuli Hospital.
Neha, a 15 year young girl, was suffering from traumatic cataract. It occurred when her brother accidentally hit her with a ball. Such incidences are very common during childhood. We can avoid such mishaps by teaching our children regarding such health hazards. This week The Hans Foundation Eye Care team operated on her eye. Now, her vision is back. This young girl can once again live a normal life.
Himalayan hill residents are haunted by the area’s harsh conditions and issues, including lack of employment and low income. To sustain family, resident Rajeshwari Devi works alongside her husband. During her Satpuli Hospital visit, she smilingly said, “Even suffering acute bronchitis, I have to work. I don’t have an option.” She added however, “In the past, adequate healthcare facilities were scarce here. Thanks to Satpuli Hospital, we have a chance at better health.”
Mariam, a bride to be, lost her right eye to corneal ulcer in childhood. This week The Hans Foundation Eye Care doctors operated on her free of cost, putting in place an artificial ocular prosthesis. Although she cannot see with that eye, when others see her, she will appear even more beautiful than she already is.
His name is Sangram, which literally translates to ‘a movement to become free.’ He is from Quitibpur, Mazzafarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, India. We, at The Hans Foundation Eye Care, operated on his cataract and today he can see 6/6 with both his eyes, which has made him jump for joy.Now, he has set a movement in motion through which he will organize eye camps in his & neighboring villages on a permanent basis, so his blind brethren can access the same wonderful free eye care. In his movement, he plans to mobilize the 22 other patients who were operated along with him. He was rightly named Sangram because he has initiated a movement to free people from needless blindness!
Mrs. Leela Devi is a poor 70-year old widow (‘Leela’ literal translation - Brahma’s cosmic play). Her five married sons have homes of their own, yet she herself has no home or place to go. She had to find her way to a nearby The Hans Foundation Hospitals Eye Care camp by herself, for none of her relatives had any time, money, or love for her. Her left eye is blind from corneal opacity. Her right eye, which had developed a cataract, was operated on at The Hans Foundation Eye Care Hospital. Sight restored in the right eye, she plans to go back to her village. Our hope now is that Mrs. Leela will have a better life.
BENIGN ESSENTIAL BLEPHAROSPASM - As the name suggests, the condition is harmless but nonetheless quite debilitating. Due to involuntary spasms of the lid and facial muscles, the patient is unable to open his eyes. For temporary relief, some surgeons use Botox, which is at best unreliable and expensive. The patient below came from Hanslok Ashram, Himachal Pradesh and insisted for a radical cure. We don't turn away patients here, especially of Mata Ji's reference. We operated on his left eye and the result showed in the first post operative day. What a gratifying result!
Preeti Bhatia, is a teacher in primary school. The Hans Foundation Eye Care operated on her cataract. Afterwards, she stated “ I have no words to express how good I’m feeling here. The doctors and the staff are so helpful. They make me feel as if this is my home. Thank you for everything.”
Veena Devi, regularly visits Satpuli Hospital for physicals and treatment. A known figure at the hospital she moves around the hospital as if it were her home. She is elated that we are building a multi-specialty hospital in the area so due to the absence of proper medical care, no one will die.In a rural Himalayan area lacking basic amenities, Satpuli Hospital acts as a huge ray of hope for all.
This young man developed cataract in his right eye in childhood and now, came to us for treatment. We operated on his cataract, implanting an intra ocular lens; but, he failed to regain his vision. Why? Another condition he was suffering from called ‘stimulus deprivation amlyopia,’ or ‘lazy eye’ prevented vision improvement in adulthood because it blocked light stimulation, hampered eye development, resulting in an inability to improve vision. A common cause of ‘lazy eye’ in young children is uncorrected refractive error. Caught in eye exams, ‘refractive error’ and ‘lazy eye’ can usually be helped.
Rajiv, his wife and their three children arrived in Haridwar four months ago in search of a better life from a village near Baraelly, four hundred miles away.
He landed a job in a factory making motorcycle spare parts on a daily wage of an unbelievable Rupees 300/day which works out to just over USD $4/day.
The day after Christmas, Rajiv's 7-year-old son hurt his right eye badly. Examination revealed that to save sight, the eye would require surgical intervention. This would mean quite a large sum of money, including an Anesthetist’s fee.
Rajiv wanted to go home, try to borrow money for the treatment before he committed to his son’s surgery. When we asked Rajiv how much money he had so that we may be able to give a discount, he replied he had none.
Refusing treatment to a poor little boy because the father could not afford it would amount to sacrilege, so we offered the surgery free of charge. The boy's eye was saved at THF Eye Care hospital. The parents are ever so grateful.
When we asked Rajiv why they had come so far for so little, he replied there was nothing for them in the village, especially after his mother, who had been a nurse, died. When we asked him what he had been doing all these years, he replied, he was working as an optician's assistant. We have been looking for a second optical dispenser in our growing practice so we have called him tomorrow to come with his certificates for an interview. In this season of miracles, the chances are he may just get the job!