A six-month-old baby has been born with a rare condition that has given her the same eyes as a ‘cat’.
When she had not opened her eyes five days after her birth doctors realised that adorable Lilien Molnar was blind.
At less than a week old she was diagnosed with two severe eye conditions known as microphalamia and coloboma, which have given her eyes that resemble a cat’s.
Her heartbroken parents David and Cintia were told by doctors about her narrow and discoloured iris, and about how she is probably the youngest person in the UK to be diagnosed with the condition.
Despite her blindness Lilien is a happy baby who can’t stop smiling.
Mrs Molnar, 26, from Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, said: “Lilien’s eyes are the same size as a cat’s and will never grow properly.
"When they do grow they will look like a cats with the same line across them.
“She’s our little girl and we want the best for her and we’ll do everything we can to make sure she has the best quality of life possible.
“She can’t do things that most baby’s do because she can’t see.
"It can be really heartbreaking sometimes when we go out to see other children."
Microphthalmia is an eye disorder which affects the size of the eyeball while coloboma creates a hole in the retina, leading to a ‘cat like’ appearance.
Lilien’s condition means that she is unable to play with most toys and has not yet shown any signs that she is beginning to crawl or move independently.
Mr Molnar, 29, said: “She can’t play with normal toys or do lots of things that most normal babies do so obviously that’s tough.
“She can play with toys that emit lights or flash and she enjoys those but she can’t crawl or do things like that at all yet.
“She smiles all the time though and that warms your heart.”
At her 20 week scan, the mum was told Lilien was not growing sufficiently.
Doctors later suspected that she had eye problems around the time of her 34 week scan.
But it wasn’t until that Lilien was born that doctors realised the full scale of her condition.
Her mum added: “When she was born her eyes weren’t open but we didn’t think anything of it.
“But as the days went on she still wasn’t opening them.
“Five days after she was born, the optometrist came in to see her and tried to open her eyes.
“I saw her looking at the doctors and shaking her head.
“When they told me that she was blind I just collapsed. It was devastating.
“I remember crying and shouting, saying that it wasn’t true and that she couldn’t be blind.”
Now Lilien’s parents are having to come to terms with the fact their smiley daughter may never see.
Mrs Molnar added: “It’s difficult to think that your daughter may never see your face and there are days where that does get to you.
"We’re having to raise money on GoFundMe to ease the financial burden of travelling all over the UK for Lilien’s appointments.
“But, she’s got an amazing character, she’s strong and determined.”
To support the family go to www.gofundme.com/helping-hands-for-lilien-journey
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