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Revolutionary treatment could fulfil girl's dream to see her mother's face

A blind schoolgirl who is to undergo a revolutionary treatment to help restore her sight has said the first things she wants to see is her mum's face -- and a rainbow!

Little Keri Kelly (9) has never been able to see after being born with optic nerve hypoplasia which means her optic nerves have never grown.

Now a revolutionary new treatment means Keri has a very good chance of having her sight restored -- but it comes at a price. Doctors have told Keri's mum Tracey she is a perfect candidate for stem cell treatment in China and the operation will cost €30,000.

But locals in Keri's hometown of Buncrana in Co Donegal have come together to raise the money to help Keri see her mum's face... and that rainbow!

An emotional Tracey says she doesn't want to get her hopes up but she can barely sleep thinking about how Keri may be able to see for the very first time.

"I can't believe it really. She is such a great girl and all she has ever wanted is to be able to see like other little girls her age.

"We have to be positive but the first thing we have to do is to raise the money. The people of Buncrana and Donegal have been amazing. Everyone has been so kind."

The operation is scheduled for August 2012 and the family will have to spend 24 days in China before and after the operation.

A special bank account fund 'Keri's Search for Sight' has been opened at the Buncrana branch of AIB and anybody wishing to donate can send donations to the account number 06593158, sort code 93-72-90.

Irish Independent