Tod­dler sees fam­ily for the first time

Pinjarra Murray Times - - NEWS -

THE Man­durah and Mur­ray Shire com­mu­ni­ties have gone above and be­yond with the spirit of giv­ing by pro­vid­ing a fam­ily the best Christ­mas gift of all – giv­ing two-year-old Shan­ice her sight.

Born in ru­ral Kenya with cataracts in both eyes, Shan­ice was fac­ing a life­time of blind­ness. When she was born, her par­ents Milly and William knew there some­thing was wrong.

They tried to play with their baby and make her laugh, but they won­dered if Shan­ice could even recog­nise them.

Earn­ing less than $3 a day, the cou­ple were left anxious and con­fused af­ter be­ing told by a lo­cal doc­tor it would go away.

By nine months old and liv­ing at risk of per­ma­nent blind­ness, Milly was de­ter­mined to find some­one who could help and they were saved when they dis­cov­ered the Fred Hol­lows Foun­da­tion. Thanks to the tenac­ity of her par­ents, the skill of a sur­geon trained by The Fred Hol­lows Foun­da­tion and the Man­durah and Mur­ray com­mu­ni­ties, Shan­ice’s story had a happy end­ing and this Christ­mas she was able to see her fam­ily for the first time.

Found­ing di­rec­tor Gabi Hol­lows thanked the com­mu­nity and said her late hus­band would be amazed by peo­ple’s com­pas­sion and kind­ness.

“With­out the sup­port of peo­ple from Man­durah and Mur­ray, the Foun­da­tion couldn’t have helped so many peo­ple like Shan­ice this year,” she said.

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