The family and friends of Douglas Hart are uniting to support and raise funds to help him win his battle against Ocular Histoplasmosis.
My name is Kimberly Hart and I am writing to you about my husband, Douglas Hart. He is suffering from a debilitating disease called Ocular Histoplasmosis, which he contracted February 4th this year. This is a serious disease and a leading cause of blindness. At present, he has lost sight in his left eye and has multiple lesions present on his right eye. He is getting injections of Avastin into his eyes to treat it. He is waiting to see if he is a candidate for surgery.
Doug is only 30 years old and has three children to support. He is a devoted father, son and husband. His biggest fear is of losing his sight completely and not being able to work to support his family.
What is Ocular Histoplasmosis and how could this happen? Histoplasmosis is a disease caused by a fungus found in soil where bird and bat droppings have accumulated, such as in chicken coops, caves and old buildings. Doug, who is an industrial plumber, frequently works in older buildings where he might have gotten exposed to the fungus. Fungal spores can become airborne if the soil is disturbed and then be inhaled into the lungs causing flu-like, cold symptoms. Even though the symptoms are mild, it can cause a serious retinal condition called Ocular Histoplasmosis Syndrome (OHS). OHS is a leading cause of blindness in the 20 to 40 year old age group and affects men and women equally. More people need to be aware of this disease in the U.S., especially those who have high-risk professions such as farmers, construction workers and landscapers. Blindness can happen quite suddenly since the symptoms seem like the common cold. Doug woke up one day with one blind eye, and it was incredibly scary.
Kimberly Hart and Family