New glasses give brave Beckenham youngster reasons to smile

Amber Yoon was thrilled to receive her new glasses.
Amber Yoon was thrilled to receive her new glasses.

AMBER Yoon may be just seven years old, but she’s already proved she’s resilient beyond her years.

The Beckenham resident was born with oesophageal atresia with tracheo-oesophageal fistula TOF/OA), which severely affects swallowing and digestion in newborn babies.

While surgery was a success, she also has Charge Syndrome, which affects her vision and hearing, which have resulted in numerous hospital visits over the years.

Amber’s mother, Belinda, said her daughter’s constant health battles had been draining, but her daughter had remained strong.

“We’re used to it, but having a chronically ill child is always a rollercoaster,” she said.

“For about five years now, since Amber has been in hospital for birth, she had many things which needed fixing and she’s had so many surgeries she’s lost count.

“We’re in and out of hospital – we’re looking at another surgery in the future. She’s had two general anaesthetics this month.”

Ms Yoon said Belinda’s issues had restricted her daughter’s education and social life.

“She misses a lot of school, she’s probably in a bit of pain at the moment, but hopefully her recent surgery has benefits and we’ll get on top of that soon,” she said.

Fortunately, some respite arrived in the form of Specsavers Carousel, who have been fundraising for Princess Margaret Hospital’s Ophthalmology Department.

Some of the money raised went towards a new pair of glasses for Amber, and her mother said she was ecstatic with them.

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