Angelina Muhimbana says the changes to her granddaughter, Lightness, came about swiftly.
“Lightness was one happy kid with a smile,” Muhimbana said. “She was always playing with her friends. Then the disease came, and suddenly Lightness became a different kid.”
The disease presented as a red, swollen eye. She took Lightness to three different hospitals near their home in Tanzania, only to receive little explanation and eye drops that did not help. The situation grew so severe the swelling sometimes pushed Lightness’s eye to the edge of its socket.
“She was always crying and wanted to be carried all the time,” Muhimbana said.