Baby Gabriel from Philippines suffers from ROP and is at risk of going needlessly blind.

Premature babies are at risk of going irreversibly blind. For a baby like Gabriel who is born into extreme poverty with little or no access to healthcare, going blind can be utterly devastating.

Gabriel from Manila in the Philippines was born several weeks early, weighing just 2 pounds 7 ounces, only slightly more than a bag of sugar. 

“He had problems with breathing. We were so afraid he would die. We prayed,” says his mother.

Thankfully his precious life was saved, but Gabriel's family have been devastated to find out that he has a serious eye condition called Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) and is in real danger of going needlessly blind.

Gabriel’s family are very poor and over half the small wage his father earns is spent on rent. They simply can’t afford the medical care that Gabriel desperately needs. If ROP isn’t treated quickly, then Gabriel is at risk of going blind.

A simple laser surgery, a pair of glasses, ongoing treatment and monitoring by CBM’s specialist doctors can give Gabriel and others like him a better chance at life.

Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP):

ROP is when blood vessels in the eye don’t develop normally. These abnormal blood vessels are fragile and can leak, scarring the retina and pulling it out of position, causing visual impairment and blindness.

Your support can ensure premature babies are diagnosed with ROP early and receive the treatment they urgently need.

For a child born into terrible poverty in the Philippines, life is already a daily struggle. But to lose their sight too can mean the end of any prospects of making a better life for themselves.

With your help, we can always be there for babies like Gabriel.

Please give now to help save a baby's sight.


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