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By Charlotte Nisbet

An adorable three year old has undergone pioneering surgery to have a new eye created from her own STOMACH FAT.

Little Myah Hauxwell from Mansfield, Nottingham, was born with small eye syndrome – leaving her blind in one eye – but despite being fitted with a prosthetic, her face began to collapse.

After undergoing over 10 operations surgeons at Queens Medical Centre (QMC) in Nottingham decided the best solution was to create a new eye socket using Myah’s stomach fat.

Her proud mum, Lauren, 31, was forced to wait an agonising four hours before she was told the operation was a success.

Myah will now need to wait six months before her new eye socket is ready for another prosthetic but that doesn’t stop her from smiling.

Lauren, a full-time mum, said: “Surgeons used Myah’s own stomach fat to build her a new eye socket.

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“As the socket is now her own fat tissue and is the size it’s supposed to be, Myah hopefully won’t need a new one created again.

“Myah had her first prosthetic eye – which is known as a shell – fitted when she was one year old.

“But although this made her face look symmetrical, it was too heavy for her face and it started to collapse last year.

“If we didn’t have this surgery on June 27 Myah’s face would have drooped down on one side for the rest of her life and she would have been in daily pain.

“Myah was constantly battling infections but surgeons have only used stomach fat that’s 1mm thick so the new socket is really lightweight.

“This type of operation is rare and normally used as a last resort but Myah had no other option.

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“I’m so proud of her, she was awake and smiling just hours after the surgery.”

Myah was diagnosed with a disorder called microphthalmia – known as small eye syndrome – at just three days old.

Lauren added: “As soon as I saw her for the first time I knew something was wrong.

“Her one eye was sunken into her face and didn’t appear to be working properly.

“My whole world collapsed, I felt heartbroken that she only had one eye, none of my scans during pregnancy showed that anything was wrong.

“I still loved her unconditionally but I had no idea what the future held.

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“She needed several surgeries during her first few months but she shocked us all when she was given her first  prosethetic at one years old which was a year earlier than expected.

“Myah has never let having one eye hold her back and is always smiling and happy.

“We’ve spent a lot of time in hospital and she has battled several infections but we’re hoping this surgery will allow her to lead a normal life.”

The cause of Myah’s small eye syndrome is unknown but Lauren couldn’t be more proud by how she has coped.

She said: “Myah was even smiling before she went down to theatre.

“I was so nervous waiting for her and during the surgery there were complications which meant the small eye was removed completely.

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“She will always be completely blind in her one eye but we’re confident that once she has her new shell that her face won’t droop down.

“Her eyes are brown and it’s hard to tell that the one isn’t working when she is wearing a prosthetic.

“Myah is due to start school soon and hopefully by that point she will be ready for her new shell.”

Lauren has been fundraising for Myah future eye treatments to ensure she has the best care.

She said: “We will need new prosthetics every 18 months to two years as Myah continues to grow.

“I know they’ll be treatments that aren’t available on the NHS that she’ll need.

“We’ve currently raised over £700 but we need around £5500 to ensure she gets everything she needs.”

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