Little Izabella was born with just one eye. Now doctors are prepping her for a prosthetic.
Izabella, now just nine months old, was born with micropthalmia, a condition in which one or both eyes are unusually small. In her case, her eye had started to grow in vitro but then stopped. Izabella inherited the gene from her father’s side of the family as his great-great grandmother had also suffered from it.
Although her mum, Alexis, would prefer that Izabella could choose whether or not to wear a prosthetic when she’s old enough to decide, the device is a medical necessity. The left side of her face currently droops and will not develop normally without it.
She will wear an expander, which is changed every two weeks to accommodate growth, until she is one. Then she can be fitted with a prosthetic.
It’s a grueling routine for a child so young but necessary for her development. Micropthalmia is very rare, affecting only 14 out of 100,000 children, and may be caused by HPV, CMV, or fetal alcohol syndrome, although in this case it was genetic and caused by a chromosomal abnormality.