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Las Vegas teen loses eyesight, family searches for answers

Posted at 2:49 PM, Oct 31, 2017

A Las Vegas family is trying to figure out why their teenage daughter suddenly lost her eyesight, but the medical resources they need aren't available in Las Vegas. 

Raina Gaddis said her daughter, Madi, lives with cerebral palsy. Gaddis has become accustomed to giving Madi the best quality of life possible, but she never expected Madi to lose the ability to see the world around her. 

"It's been tough. She's been more frustrated," Gaddis said. 

Madi's mom said she was diagnosed with glaucoma and a detached retina last year at only 13 years old. She's now legally blind. 

In her search for answers, Gaddis discovered the medical resources Madi needs aren't available in Las Vegas. They have to travel to Los Angeles. 

"We've had a hard year," Gaddis said. 

The family started a  Go Fund Me page to help cover the costs of the medical trips to Los Angeles.

"I just don't want her to lose anymore vision," Gaddis said. "She struggles so much already." 

They hope an appointment scheduled in January will help them determine how Madi lost her eye sight and whether she will get it back.