By Claudia ‘Emotionz’ Smith
Nya and her twin sister Kinara Tubman have done almost everything in common since they were born on October 11, 2009.
Since then they have also shared the joy of seeing one another every day. Now things have changed for the worse. Weeks have gone by since Nya lost her sight and she constantly asks her grandmother, “Why can’t I see Kinara anymore?”
On April 20, 2017, Nya woke up unable to see. Two days before the incident, she complained of a headache, and was given medication and told to rest. On day three, she woke up to pitch black darkness, and has been unable to see anything since then. Nya is now clinically considered visually impaired.
Her father Jenkins Tubman has not been able to understand why.
According to Jenkins, the Director of an organization that seeks relief and help for deportees and citizens who are in need, he is unable to digest what has happened to his daughter and the fact that she now needs help, too.
“This is a very tough situation for us. She is only a child and I can’t imagine her losing her sight at such a young age. It’s so painful, almost like death or losing her,” he added.
Jenkins said he received a call from the child’s grandmother on April 20 informing him that she had lost her sight. Nya was taken to JFK and an eye clinic where the eye doctor asked that she return in 10 days. Nya was tested and found to have 2 plus malaria. There have been cases where children have lost their sight to malaria, but none has been proven in Liberia.
In Nya’s case, there has been no improvement in her sight and though she can still recall certain areas where things like the fan, chair and her bed are, she is sadly no longer able to see what they look like.
“Presently I don’t have any resources to seek good medical attention for my daughter. I am financially depleted,” Nya’s father stated.
Meanwhile, Nya’s situation is still relatively new and quick medical attention, according to her father, could possibly save his daughter’s eyesight.
“I am appealing that my daughter be taken to the United States of America for further treatment and funds to help us do so. We have relatives in the States who are willing and more than ready to receive the child. We don’t know what’s hampering her health – if it is a tumor, but we need to be fast in finding out,” he said.
Jenkins and his daughters are appealing for help from anyone with a caring heart to aid the family in getting Nya the treatment she needs to restore her sight. Jenkins can be reached at [email protected] and 0777 791 004.