Angharad Rhodes

Advocates

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.


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