Pray for Phoenix: Sight of girl who received eye surgery in Cincinnati improving
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A 9-year-old girl is one step closer to what her family says is nothing short of a miracle.
Many of you have been praying for Phoenix. She is the girl that just a few weeks ago had a corneal transplant by the team at the Cincinnati Eye Institute. She has a painful condition called Stevens-Johnson syndrome.
Stevens-Johnson syndrome is a condition that causes inflammation and scarring to the body. In Phoenix's case, that scarring raised the need first for eyelid repair and then an effort to restore her sight.
The first step was implanting adult stem cells from Phoenix's mom, Nicole Richey, into one of Phoenix's eyes. The last time we saw her, she was heading for a corneal transplant.
A few weeks later, Richey took her to her first follow-up visit to her doctor in her hometown in Alabama. Dr. Holland said Wednesday things look good, and a final vision check to share precise improvement is expected to soon follow.
Phoenix was even able to draw and color pictures this week.
Her family can't say thank you enough for the answer to prayers that they are literally seeing each day.
As for her vision ahead:
"We are just re-encouraged, and our faith is stronger, and we continue to get prayers and promises," said Richey.
While her sight is coming back, Phoenix isn't just waiting on skills that come with better vision--she recently taught herself to play guitar by listening to YouTube videos that explained which fingers to use for the chords.