Friday 9 December 2016

Pope Francis blesses the eyes of girl (5) who is going blind

Published 06/04/2016 | 15:02

Pope Francis kisses Elizabeth 'Lizzy' Myers, a 5-year-old girl from Ohio, who suffers from a genetic disease known as Usher syndrome, which leads to blindness and hearing loss at the end of the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican. Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi
Pope Francis kisses Elizabeth 'Lizzy' Myers, a 5-year-old girl from Ohio, who suffers from a genetic disease known as Usher syndrome, which leads to blindness and hearing loss at the end of the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican. Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi

Pope Francis has blessed the eyes of a five-year-old Ohio girl who suffers from a rare genetic disease that is gradually robbing her of her sight.

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Lizzy Myers and her family had special seats for Francis's general audience, and Francis spent several minutes with her at the end. He hugged her and placed his hands over her eyes. She gave him a meteorite chunk.

Lizzy does not know she suffers from Usher's syndrome, which will take away her hearing and eyesight. Her parents have made a "visual bucket list" to show her as many things as they can before she can no longer see.

Her mother, Christine Myers, said afterwards that Lizzy was "awestruck".

"She was totally big-eyed and it was a very powerful moment for her," she added.

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