Hi-tech scanner to help little Amira

Fri 28 Oct. 2016


A top piece of diagnostic technology will allow a tiny "princess" to get more accurate medical treatment for her vision impairment.

Wheelchair-bound Amira Said, 4, is one of scores of children benefiting from the piece of medical technology bought by Auckland's Starship Hospital, a first in Australasia.

Amira, Arabic for princess, was born with global development delay and small eyes, a medical condition known as microphthalmia.

Underlying Amira's developmental difficulties is 'Trisomy 9 Mosaic, a rare from birth genetic, or chromosome disorder.

​But since day two of Amira's life, Starship paediatric ophthalmologist Dr Shuan​ Dai and staff have tried to diagnose exactly what's wrong with Amira's eyes.

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