Am­ber is ec­static over new glasses

HEALTH IS­SUES A TOUGH FIGHT

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AM­BER Yoon may be just seven years old, but she’s al­ready proved she’s re­silient be­yond her years.

The Beck­en­ham res­i­dent was born with oe­sophageal atre­sia with tra­cheo-oe­sophageal fis­tula (TOF/OA), which se­verely af­fects the swal­low­ing and di­ges­tion of new­born ba­bies.

While surgery was a suc­cess, she also has Charge Syn­drome, which af­fects her vi­sion and hear­ing, which have re­sulted in nu­mer­ous hos­pi­tal vis­its over the years.

Am­ber’s mother Belinda Yoon said her daugh­ter’s con­stant health bat­tles had been Am­ber was thrilled to re­ceive new glasses.

drain­ing, but her daugh­ter had re­mained strong.

“We’re used to it, but hav­ing a chron­i­cally ill child is al­ways a rollercoaster,” she said.

“For about five years now, since Am­ber has been in hos­pi­tal for birth, she had many things which needed fix­ing and she’s had so many surg­eries she’s lost count.

“We’re in and out of hos­pi­tal – we’re look­ing at an­other surgery in the fu­ture. She’s had two gen­eral anaes­thet­ics this month.”

Ms Yoon said Belinda’s is­sues had re­stricted her daugh­ter’s ed­u­ca­tion and so­cial life.

“She misses a lot of school, she’s prob­a­bly in a bit of pain at the mo­ment but hope­fully her re­cent surgery has ben­e­fits and we’ll get on top of that soon,” she said.

For­tu­nately, some re­spite ar­rived in the form of Spec­savers Carousel, who have been fundrais­ing for Princess Mar­garet Hos­pi­tal’s Oph­thal­mol­ogy Depart­ment.

Some of the money raised went towards a new pair of glasses for Am­ber, and her mother said she was ec­static with them.

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