I am Angharad and I am 13 years old. At two weeks old I was diagnosed with numerous eye conditions, including cataracts, Microphthalmia and Peters Anomaly Plus Syndrome. At six weeks old I had my first operation to remove the cataract from my left eye; nothing could be done for my right due to the way it had developed.
A few months later I was diagnosed with glaucoma. Since then I have been on drops and undergone numerous operations to try to lower the pressure. I am registered blind but do have a little bit of vision in my left eye.
At the end of 2015 my pressure was rising and my care was transferred to Manchester Eye Hospital. My mum and I discussed my case with the consultant. In order to save the little sight I have, I needed to have an operation to insert a valve into my eye to drain fluid away; a transplant from a donor eye would cover this.
I am eternally grateful to my donor, without whose kindness I would have lost my sight completely.
A few weeks ago (with the help of my mum) I contacted LLGL and am so proud when they asked me to become an Advocate. My aim is to help spread the word on how organ donation saves lives and sight.