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Blind girl, 11, produces own CD to raise $80k for treatment

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012
YourHealth, AsiaOne

SINGAPORE - Despite her tender age and being almost totally blind, 11-year-old Adelyn Koh has composed four songs and produced her own album - all in hope that the CD sales will raise the $80,000 she needs for her medical expenses.

Adelyn was born with a rare congenital eye disease called Peter's Anomaly, which means that she had "opaque" corneas. According to The Straits Times, there are only one to two such cases in Singapore a year.

To save her eyes, she underwent four operations even before the age of one - four operations on her right eye, and one on her left.

Unfortunately, all four operations were failures, and she can now only make out colours, light and shadows, Chinese daily Lianhe Wanbao reported.

Her trials didn't end there, as her father left home two years ago, never to return.

Her mother Mary Koh, 39, a housewife of 10 years, was forced to find work as a tuition teacher to take care of her three young daughters.

Hope to see again

Adelyn has never given up hope that she'll one day be able to see again.

"She has this very high desire - she wants to see what's going on," her mother said. At times, Adelyn's frustration at not being able to see has caused her to lash out, asking: "Why am I the only one in the family who can't see?"

In a short documentary on her life, she shared how she would like to see, even if it's just for a year, a week, or "just a little while, even if it does go back to normal again".

Last year, Ms Koh learnt of a new type of artificial cornea transplant called "Boston Kpro".

Blind girl, 11, needs $80k to see again

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(Photos: ST, TNP, Adelyn Koh, Lianhe Wanbao)

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