03.11.2010

Toddler travels to China for sight-saving treatment

Toddler travels to China for sight-saving treatment

By Alexa Kaczka

A three-year-old-girl has flown to China to have a breakthrough treatment that could save her sight.

Izabelle Evans has been able to travel after fundraisers helped to generate £30,000 to send her to on the 20-hour journey to Qingdao, where she will undergo pioneering stem cell treatment, the Portsmouth News reports.

It is hoped that Izabelle, who was born blind with the rare condition septo optic dysplasia, will be able to return to school after Christmas and see her teachers and classmates for the first time.

He father James told the newspaper: "Izzy is having six treatments and as well as the stem cell treatments she'll have acupuncture, acupressure and physiotherapy. We don't know how long it will take to make a difference."

Last month, firefighter Lynsey Philpott, who developed cataracts and was told that she may never be able to work for the fire service again, became the first person in the UK to have a new type of lenses implanted in her eyes to cure her condition.

by Adrian Galbreth


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