Toddler sees family for the first time
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.