20.01.2011

Mum hopes to take daughter to China for sight-saving op

Mum hopes to take daughter to China for sight-saving op

Posted by Alexa Kaczka

A mother from Bradford is raising money to take her daughter to China for a potentially sight-saving operation.

Eighteen-month-old Lamiyah Ellsworth has been blind ever since she was born, the Telegraph and Argus reports.

At just three months old, she was diagnosed with the rare brain condition septo-optic dysplasia, which means that both of her optic nerves are unusually small.

Her mum, Larelle Ellsworth, heard of groundbreaking stem cell treatment currently being offered in China that could help her daughter to see for the first time.

Lamiyah has been accepted for treatment at one of Beike Biotechnology Co Ltd's treatment centres in China, but needs to raise £50,000 in order to pay for it.

"Yes, £50,000 is a lot of money and I feel a bit daunted, but my baby is my world and I will do anything for her," Ms Ellsworth told the newspaper.

Earlier this month, the Daily Record reported that a Scottish singer who underwent an operation to allow him to see had realised his dream of releasing a single.

by Alexa Kaczka


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