Little girl returns home after eye operation from donations
THE little girl who melted hearts when it was revealed she would go blind without specialist surgery has returned home to Hervey Bay after undergoing an operation in Brisbane.
Her family is touched by the community's kindness.
The surgery was paid for through the generosity of the Fraser Coast community, after people were moved by the plight of five-year-old Ella-Rose Tindall who was diagnosed with acute onset esotropia - otherwise known as sudden cross-eyes.
Corinna Tindall said Ella-Rose was recovering well after the operation at the Queensland Eye Hospital on Monday.
"The operation went well but we don't know for three months whether it has been a success," Ms Tindall said.
"If not, she will have to have the surgery again."
Ella-Rose was diagnosed in February, shortly after her parents Corinna and Brett noticed that her left eye had started to turn inwards.
She was booked in for emergency surgery in April, leaving her parents just over a month to come up with the $5000 fee in time.
They set up a fundraising campaign and were totally overwhelmed by the response from the Fraser Coast - particularly a $5000 donation from the Beach House Hotel Fishing Club.
Ms Tindall said the surgery involved tightening the muscles of both Ella-Rose's eyes to realign her vision.
"We have a follow-up visit with the specialist in three months," she said.
"We'd really like thank everybody for their support, it's been excellent."