When Elise Jhang was one year old, she lost her right eye to retinoblastoma, an eye cancer that affects young children more commonly. This, however, didn’t stop her from developing a love for sports like soccer and swimming.
Her mother, Mrs Jamie Jhang, 32, said that Elise is very sporty and energetic. “There is nothing much that differentiates her from her peers.”
To protect Elise from curious stares, Mr and Mrs Jhang got their daughter a prosthetic eye in April 2017 to replace the conformer that she had been using since her operation. A conformer is an acrylic artificial eye that supports and holds the shape of the eye socket.
Mrs Jhang said Elise is happy with her “magic eye” on most days. But at times, the little girl would still ask why she’s the only one among her friends with only one eye.
In response, Mrs Jhang would tell her that she’s very lucky to be able to see the world and go out to meet her friends. There are children who can’t do so.
Find out more about their journey as the mother-daughter pair speaks to us in this video.