Son was going blind at 7 months but thanks to op he'll see first Xmas lights
MUM Tatiana Jere can’t wait for her baby Khamani to see his first Christmas tree lights – as she feared he would go blind without ever experiencing them. She said: “He was only seven months old whe…
for Children, he was seen by one of the world’s leading eye experts, Robert Henderson, a consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, in London.Tatiana, who lives in Battersea, South London, with partner Ferron Marshalleck, 31, and elder son Micai, five, said: “What happened next was a huge shock.
“The doctor said Khamani had already lost a lot of his sight and they’d have to operate immediately to stop him going completely blind.“The condition causes blood vessels at the back of his eye to burst. Gradually he was losing vision.”Khamani had laser treatment at Moorfields in August using a retinal camera to see into the back of his eye. Though the damage was irreparable, surgeons could stop it getting any worse, saving around 30 per cent of his vision.
Tatiana, who works for Transport For London, said: “If they didn’t have that camera he would probably be blind now. Instead he’s now starting to reach out and grab things.HUGE SHOCK“The operation couldn’t bring back his vision, but it has made a huge difference. The change in him has been drastic. He’s excelled.” headtopics.com
One item on the hospital’s wish list this Christmas is another £150,000 retinal camera to help more children like Khamani retain their sight. Tatiana added: “We are so lucky to have the. We all know how much they have done for us during Covid.“Right now, NHS Charities Together need the help of Sun readers so
NHS charitiescan raise money for things like another retinal camera and other life-changing support, and help more children.”Khamani returns to hospital for three-monthly sight checks and may need further laser treatment if his vision worsens. Tatiana said: “He might never have the best vision in the world but if he can recognise his mum and family, that’s a good start.
“If it wasn’t for our wonderful NHS, he’d be blind by now. I can’t thank them enough.” Consultant Robert Henderson said: “Without the retinal camera, Khamani would have lost his eyesight completely.“Your donation today could help to fund life-changing pieces of equipment like this. I can’t think of a better gift to give this Christmas.”
Khamani had laser treatment at Moorfields in August using a retinal camera to see into the back of his eyeCredit: Oliver DixonAfter the treatment Khamani’s vision was saved, and Tatiana added: 'If there is one thing he likes, it’s lights'Credit: Oliver Dixon headtopics.com
Support our campaignHOW TO GIVEThe Sun’s Joy To The Ward appeal is raising money for NHS Charities Together, the national, independent charity supporting more than 230 NHS charities across the UK.Your donations will help support children and families going through the toughest times imaginable, providing specialist equipment and services along with toys, play- workers, parents’ accommodation and much more.
DONATE ONLINE:Scan the QR code above with your phone camera to go straight through to our donation page or visit.DONATE BY TEXT:Text JOY to 70607 to donate £10 to NHS Charities Together. You’ll be charged £10, plus one message at your standard network rate. NHS Charities Together will receive 100% of your donation.
DONATE BY POST:Use the coupon on the left.NHS Charities Together is the trading name of the Association of NHS Charities. Registered Charity No 1186569 (England & Wales) and SC050716 (Scotland). Company No 12325259BLEAKEST WINTER IN HISTORYBy Ellie Orton, Chief Executive, NHS Charities Together
THE NHS is facing its toughest winter ever. Staff are tackling large waiting lists and clinics are overwhelmed by a backlog of patients and the growing impact of winter pressures – all while still having to deal with Covid-19.Throughout all of this, NHS Charities Together is here to help, supporting isolated patients, funding counselling for exhausted staff, providing training for emergency response volunteers and much more. headtopics.com
The 238 member charities we support are based in hospitals and ambulance, community and mental health services across the UK. Collectively, they give more than £1million to the NHS every day, so people can stay well for longer and get better faster.
This includes thousands of sick children and their families in hospital right now.Together, we help the NHS go further by listening to what staff and patients need and filling gaps where extra help is needed.Vital extrasThis help can bring joy at the darkest times – from brilliant hospital playworkers to special presents and a visit from Santa, or simple creature comforts that make hospital feel less like hospital.
The services NHS charities fund can also be genuinely life-changing, and even life-saving, whether that is providing a home away from home for parents of sick children, specialist equipment that helps a baby keep their sight or essential youth mental health services supporting communities across the UK.
All of this is often only possible with public support. And with pressures on services continuing to grow, that support is more important now than ever.You can help us provide the vital extras that make a difference.And as the national, independent charity caring for the NHS, we’ll make sure donations get right to the heart of where they are needed most.
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