Guilliana Colamarco, Toddler Blind in One Eye, Needs Surgery Parents Cannot Afford

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013  |  Updated 5:01 PM EDT
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Guilliana Colamarco needs surgery for her eye and her parents cannot afford it. They are hoping for a miracle and that someone will come forward to help them.

Guilliana Colamarco needs surgery for her eye and her parents cannot afford it. They are hoping for a miracle and that someone will come forward to help them.

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A couple was hoping someone will come forward to help their toddler get surgery before she goes blind in a matter of weeks.

The frustration on Giulliana Colamarco's face shines through everytime she realizes something is missing.

"When she started to walk she would fall down or hit the walls," her mother Patricia Colamarco said with an interpreter.

It's hard to say how much this 18-month-old sees out of her right eye, which is badly crossed. Her mother, Patricia, spoke to us through an interpreter.

"She cries a lot because she sees her child suffering," Colamarco said.

She's sad and nervous. If Giulliana's esotropia isn't cured by Christmas, her vision could be beyond repair. The Royal Palm Beach residents are undocumented immigrants from Ecuador. They have no health insurance and her husband's job cleaning hotels doesn't pay enough for them to afford the $2,500

"It's enough only to eat and to live," Colamarco said.

Although Dr. Jeffrey Perlman has volunteered through the Caridad Center to do the surgery, the family still doesn't have the money or the anesthesiologist. He says Giulliana's situation shows access to care for so many, is woefully lacking.

"The clock is ticking. These children need the attention at this age to fix this problem, " Perlman said.

Because of their immigrant status in the United States, Patricia Colamarco says her family was afraid to come forward to ask for help. But she has faith the right person will hear her call.

If anyone wants to help little Giulliana, they can reach the Caridad Center.

The Caridad Center in Suburban Boynton Beach can be reached 855-664-8214.
 

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