Denize Du Preez, the women in the above picture, mother of three sons and a grandmother of a young grandson has been suffering from a rare eye disease and the condition is still deteriorating.
In 2000, 19 years ago, Denize visited an optometrist who had a hard time diagnosing what was causing her to go blind in her right eye. Baffled by this disease the optometrist sought the help of a specialist.
Denize received a diagnosis from this Specialist, Ocular hypotony with uveitis, this chronic disease causes the cellular bodies in the eye to shut down. This stops the production of aqueous humor which is the liquid needed to keep the eye pressure normal, without it the iris ciliary bodies collapse.
This, unfortunate disease is very rare.
When she realized her sight started to deteriorate rapidly it changed her life dramatically.
Imagine knowing that you will lose the ability to see your children smile and growing up. Not being able to receive any medical help. Not knowing if you will see your further grandchildren.
8 Years ago Denize lost nearly all her sight in her right eye due to calcification on the cornea. Her right eye is now only able to differentiate between light and dark. Now her left eye is starting to be affected by this disease.
The lady who always tries to bring joy to those around her had her left eye suddenly start to deteriorate, now unable to work, unemployed and has no means to an income for medical treatment is fearful of going fully blind.
There is however an ongoing procedure that could bring this lovely woman hope.
A cornea and epithelium cell transplant in both eyes.
The cornea and epithelium cells will be imported from overseas as there is a scarcity of in South Africa. If there is one available in South Africa we will not hesitate to take it. This transplant will be costly and due to the rapid deterioration of Denize's sight, urgent.
Every donation will go towards Denize's procedure costs, traveling costs and her recovery costs.
Please open your hart to help Denize continue to physically see her children and her young grandson and not only remember them as she stares into the darkness.
Every penny makes a difference.