Afghan child receives prosthetic eye with help from Solace for Children
Updated: 08/29/2012 05:54 PM
By: Kate Gaier
CHARLOTTE -- Another Afghan child has a new lease on life thanks to Solace for the Children, a non-profit organization helping injured children in America.
Soma, 9, lost her eye in a playground accident and had a grim future in Afghanistan. But after months of free medical treatment in America, she has a new prosthetic eye and is ready to return home.
"At first I was, my face was different,” Soma said through an interpreter. “Then I opened my eyes, I change, I feel different."
Soma came to America through Solace for the Children and received her new eye on Monday. Her host parents say they noticed a change immediately.
"She was like a whole new child,” said Rachel Lentz. “She had more confidence, put on sunglasses, a hat, she was dancing around the house, looking in mirrors constantly. She was just really checking her eyes, playing with her hair. Doing all the things little girls do."
That also included playing with friends and the family dog, with a new, brighter lease on life. Soma's treatment went so well, she could be headed home within the week. The Lentz family is sad to see her go, but hopeful she'll take more than her new look back to Afghanistan.
"We're excited she gets to go home and be with her family,” said Dean Lentz. “It's something that she gets to bring that confidence home with her. And hopefully bring a piece of the peace we have here in America."
Soma isn't the only child getting medical treatment in America. Solace for the Children has helped kids in 23 different Afghan provinces.
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