Published On: Mon, Feb 17th, 2014 on 12:45 pm

Leeds family fundraise for baby so she can see for the first time

Rmaya And Kev Dempsey

Sleeping Rmaya with her father Kev Dempsey

A family from Leeds is fundraising to collect £21,000 for a young baby girl named Rmaya, so she can see for the first time in her life.

Ever since they started spreading awareness about Rmaya’s serious condition that leaves her unable to see and walk, the Dempsey family in the Harehills area, have been overwhelmed from support from the community.

Rmaya’s grandfather Kev Dempsey, 40, told the Yorkshire Standard: “There has been a great response. People have been ringing up and texting me offering to take part in charity head-shaves and charity runs to raise money. We have been really surprised.”

Young Rmaya suffered a stroke inside her mother during pregnancy and blood stopped flowing to her brain.

She was diagnosed with a extremely rare syndrome named septo-optic dysplasia, which is the underdevelopment of the optic nerve, pituitary gland dysfunction, and absence of a thin membrane located at the midline of the brain.

Now nearly two-years-old, Rmaya has half of her brain, with a small part left at the back which is linked to her eyes, and has to go to physio every week and see different specialists at hospital.

Her family have been calling for donations to help her get an operation in Thailand, which is currently the cheapest place the family know of that will provide the much-needed operation.

Mr Dempsey said: “If anybody could find out if there are any alternative places of treatment then that would be great for us, so the family can be over here by her side.

“But we’d be overjoyed, if she can see again. We’d be the happiest family in the world.”

A passionate boxer himself, Mr Dempsey and his son Joe will be boxing at a special fundraiser on 23 February at the Leeds Anglers Club.

It will host a total of 12 boxing fights, also including a ladies head-shave and a boxing raffle.

The Dempsey family also hope to record a film on the night so young Rmaya can one day see how much support she was given.

If you would like to buy a ticket, or get involved in raising money, ring Kev on 07540799899.

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Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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  1. Yorkshire Standard Susan says:

    What a beautiful story, was deeply touched x

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