By William Oyo-Ita 3 April 2015
Care worker Danielle Davis, 24, and her partner, Andrew Smith, 31, from South Wales welcomed a daughter two months ago – a baby with no eyes. Danielle said she knew there was something horrible wrong with her child because a routine scan when she was pregnant showed her child had a cyst on the brain but she refused to have an abortion. After the child was born, doctors confirmed she had anophthalmia, a birth defect which affects just one in 10,000 babies.
“It was a shock – we had never heard of it before. But she is our gorgeous baby and we have no regrets about turning down a termination.” Danielle said
“We want to give Daisy as normal a life as possible and give her the same opportunities as other children. We had never heard of the condition before and neither had any of our friends or family. People didn’t really know what to say when we told them.
“The cyst showed up on the 21-week scan and naturally we were worried about it. But none of the doctors said our baby could be born blind. Everyone has been really supportive and I can’t thank the doctors and midwives enough for all of their help.”
Little Daisy will later this month go for an operation to fit glass eyes. And when she’s 18months old, they will be replaced with painted eyes that will look more natural.