Syrian mother asks for help as her child risks losing his sight

KAYSERI from Turkey

A Syrian mother in Turkey has requested financial assistance to cover the costs of treatment and surgery for her child whose eyesight is affected due to a brain tumor.

Eighteen-month-old Abdullah Dilli’s family fled violence in Aleppo, Syria eight years ago, and all are now settled in Turkey’s central Kayseri province.

The child, born in the central region, began to lose his sight six months ago, according to his mother Emine Dilli.

She told Anadolu Agency that Abdullah had lost full vision in his right eye and was at risk of total blindness if not treated urgently.

But the cost of her planned eye surgery at Gazi University Hospital in Ankara and imported eye drops is not affordable for the poor family with four children.

“We are asking for help so that he does not lose his left eye,” Emine said. “We spent all the money we had.”

Vision loss from a brain tumor is progressive, starting with blurred vision, double vision, or a growing blind spot.

Syria’s health infrastructure is in ruins due to a civil war that began when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protesters in early 2011. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and displaced since then.

* Written by Seda Sevencan in Ankara

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