Family of baby born without eyes overwhelmed by donations

The  GoFundMe page  is nearly at the halfway point of its AU$100,000 (NZ$111,000) goal.
The GoFundMe page is nearly at the halfway point of its AU$100,000 (NZ$111,000) goal. Photo credit: GoFundMe

A British couple whose son was born without eyes are pleading for financial support, after his condition took a major toll on their finances.

Archie Innes was born with a rare disorder known as SOX2 anophthalmia syndrome, which can cause those missing a particular gene to fail to develop tissues and organs while in the womb.

The 10-month-old didn't form eyes, which left him 'black blind' - that is, without any light perception - and that has made things difficult for his parents Fiona and Steve Gould.

They have now reached out for help getting Archie specialist treatment, and have been overwhelmed with offers of support.

Their GoFundMe page has already reached AU$44,600 (NZ$49,500) in a week, which means it is nearly at the halfway point of its AU$100,000 (NZ$111,000) goal.

While much of the funding will go towards private health cover, therapy, toys and petrol and parking costs for hospital appointments, some of it will also go towards getting Archie state-of-the-art treatment.

One of the pair's goals is to attend the ICAN conference in America in July 2019, which will "give [them] the opportunity to meet the geneticist who discovered Archie's syndrome" and "talk to the top eye specialists about advances in medicine and technology".

They have high hopes the things they learn during their trip will help Archie "gain some vision in the future and help with future eye surgeries", a post on their GoFundMe page states.

If you would like to donate to the cause, click here.

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