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    Delight at girl's treatment success

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    The parents of a four-year-old girl have spoke of their delight after she partially regained her sight following groundbreaking stem cell treatment in China.


    James Evans and Hollie McHugh raised £50,000 to pay for their daughter Izabelle Evans to go to the Far East to undergo the treatment which is not available in the UK.


    Now they say their daughter, who was blind at birth, can see up to 3ft.


    Ms McHugh, 24, of Hayling Island, Hampshire, told the Portsmouth News: "The results were better than we could ever have dreamed of.


    "If you walk past she can see you and say "hiya". It is amazing because doctors here said she couldn't really see anything at all before we went."


    Izabelle was blind from birth after being born with septo optic dysplasia - a condition which affects one in 200,000 babies and also causes hormone deficiency and mobility problems.


    Her parents hope the controversial treatment could also help improve her speech and mobility as well as her sight.


    The treatment at the Qingdao Chengyang People's Hospital in China lasted a month with Izabelle only having two days off a week from treatment.


    Mr Evans said: "We're going to wait six months because the stem cells continue to work for six months if she stays healthy.


    "We're going to keep an eye on her, see how her vision is, and then decide if we'll go back out there again and see if we can improve even more."