On my latest holiday to Africa, I came across a cute little baby girl with a serious case of
Retinopathy of Prematurity. She was born in Kampala, Uganda, and was very premature - only 27 weeks.
(ROP) is an eye disease that can happen in premature babies. It causes abnormal blood vessels to grow in the retina, and can lead to blindness
Shalom this little girl needed oxygen and as a result spent over 2 months in hospital.
Whilst the oxygen helped her it also created problems including ROP (Retinopathy of Prematurity.)
If babies are properly monitored doctors can see when ROP is developing and reduce the level of oxygen
being administered to the baby, therefore preventing further damage. In Shalom’s case there was no monitoring at all,
her parents were not even informed that she may have or develop sight problems until it was time for her to leave the hospital.
After discharge she was taken to an eye hospital where upon checking, she was found to have stage 5 ROP, the most severe type.
If nothing is done she will be completely blind and live her life in total darkness.
Little Shalom's only chance now to gain some vision (maybe some colours, light and dark,the outline of some shapes etc)
is to travel to India where Dr Subhadra Jalali, who specializes in such cases, has offered to try and treat her at her hospital in Hyderabad.
The cost of the treatment, visas, flights, accommodation and other expenses will be around $6000.
Whilst there are no guarantees that the operation Dr Jalali plans to perform will be successful,
every baby deserves a chance to see and we will raise this money to enable Shalom to have a chance to see something.
Her parents, Robert and Jane, cannot raise this money themselves,
so I have set up this page to try and help them raise what they need to enable them to travel to
India with Shalom. And of course, the sooner they go, the better her chances are.
Please consider donating something to this cause, however big or small, every penny will make a huge difference.