“The only word that can be used to describe the feeling is, God.”
2-Year-old, Nicolly Pereira from Santa Catarina, Brazil, has been both blind and deaf since birth. Her impairments caused her to be developmentally delayed in many other areas as well. Until this point, Nicolly only knew her mother Daiana Pereira, by her touch, the loving embrace of her hug, or the stroking of her light brown hair. Already going through 7 unsuccessful surgeries to correct her conditions, Daiana was apprehensive of putting her daughter through anymore, but after receiving some help from a Foundation called “Wonderfund,” which partnered with the “Kevin Garcia Foundation,” she opted to make one more attempt for Nicolly’s sake in Miami. She went into the 3-hour surgery on March 17th, and when she came out, Nicolly was able to see her mother for the first time in her very young life.
“When Nicolly was born, she was diagnosed with pediatric glaucoma shortly after birth.” Doctors confirmed that her condition was so bad, that she couldn’t even see light. But for the very first time last month, Nicolly gazed into her mother’s teary eyes. A wide smile filled her face and she instantly pressed her forehead against mama’s, her tiny hands on her mother’s shoulders.
Her mother Daiana says, “The only word that can be used to describe the feeling is, God.”
Nicolly and her mother had already gone through 7 unsuccessful surgeries, there was little hope for her recovery. But after Pereira posted her daughters story on Facebook, it went viral — more than 30,000 people started to follow Nicolly’s mission to see one day. She was eventually able to raise $17,000 to pay for surgery at Bascom Palmer in Miami.
Alana Grajewski, Director of the Institutes Pediatric Glaucoma Center recalls, after the operation, that she was “smiling ear to ear and singing. I loved the feeling of first seeing her mom’s face. That just moved me so much. . . . Then all of a sudden, she realized: ‘Oh my gosh, that’s my mom.’ And her mother could tell the recognition. It was just one of those moments — priceless.”
Pereira is thankful for the surgeons,“My daughter is free now. She now shines more than before. She has now become a reference for people who didn’t believe in miracles.”