CBeebies star Angharad Rhodes had a cornea transplant in 2016 and hopes to continue to inspire others in her television role.
Words can’t express how thankful I am.
Angharad was born with cataracts in both eyes and a condition called microphthalmia, which is when the eyes stop developing during pregnancy.
After extensive testing, Angharad was diagnosed with a very rare condition called oculofaciocardiodental syndrome (OFCD) which affected her eyes, facial features, heart and teeth.
Angharad underwent multiple surgeries to try and lower the pressure in her eye. Mum Lynda said: “The doctors decided to insert a mechanical valve in her eye to keep the pressure down. This operation involved using a cornea from a donor."
“As a family we are so thankful that someone chose to donate their corneas... Words can’t express how thankful I am."
It’s such a shame that myths put people off donating. I know some people are squeamish but cornea donation is about the gift of sight.
Angharad is the star of the CBeebies programme Melody, and plays a partially sighted character who explores music through her imagination.
Mum Lynda said: “By having a cornea transplant, Angharad has kept her light perception and enjoyed filming a third series of Melody. Angharad now hopes to help to inspire children and adults in her role as Melody and as an advocate for the Live Life Give Life charity.”