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Offers of help flooding in for young Dani

Dani will require two more highly specialised treatments to have a chance of seeing

By Bejay Browne

OFFERS to help the family of a Paphos toddler blind since birth to raise the thousands needed to help give him sight have been flooding in, following a story in last week’s Cyprus Mail highlighting his plight.

The two-year-old was born blind and his family is racing to raise the final €8,000 they need to help give sight to the toddler.

Family friend, Nadia Frangeskou said: “The family will be very grateful and happy for any help which they can get. They speak Greek but not much English, but if people want to email them for further information, I or another of their English speaking friends will be able to translate.”

Iordanis (Dani) Demetrof born in March 2011,has already been treated in Thailand at a cost of €28,000. He needs three such treatments and his parents only have weeks left to raise the final €8,000 for the second trip.

Rafaela Dimitrova, Dani’s mother, said that just months after his birth the infant was diagnosed with severe optic disc hypoplasia by a specialist at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

Numerous tests at a specialist ophthalmic eye centre in Limassol discovered the toddler was unable to ‘fix or follow’. He also showed no response to bright light and had roving eye movement. More tests took place at Great Ormond Street Hospital in the UK where he was finally diagnosed as blind.

The first stage of Dani’s treatment was carried out successfully in Thailand at a cost of around €28,000. The second phase will take place on April 20.

Family members have raised about €16,000 in total, while another €4,000 has come from fundraising events. The final €8,000 is urgently needed to ensure he gets the next phase of his treatment.

Since his first treatment Dani’s sight has slightly improved in one eye and he is now able to react to light stimulation.

Initiatives have so far been organised by a variety of local groups and charities, including Children’s Smile Cyprus, but this is still not enough.

“Dani really deserves a chance to live a full and happy life; he is such a sweet natured and brave boy.”

 

To contact Dani’s family email:- [email protected]

Donations can be made at Laiki Bank – Account number 35000511403

 

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