Summer sunshine, baby black lambs and fields of daffodils proved to be the valuable raw materials in creating some stunning visual memories for mother and daughter - Carol and Sara Brill.
The pair, who are from Dublin but are regular visitors to the Marble City were invited to visit Suzanna Crampton’s Zwarbles Sheep farm in Bennettsbridge. The duo visited the farmbut it was a bittersweet experience as Carol lives with Usher’s Syndrome - a condition that results in deafness and blindness.
“Thanks to Suzanna Crampton, me and Sara experienced something incredibly visual and special – a field filled with 25 different types of daffodils. I am losing my sight and hearing because of a rare genetic disease called Usher Syndrome. There is no treatment or cure.
“I am racing against time as I have only 3% vision left, I am filling my days with precious visual memories with my daughter as I will not see her grow up.
Suzanna Crampton saw my story through Twitter as I am currently fundraising for an important trip to the USA helping scientific research, creating awareness of Usher Syndrome and gathering information to help cope with a life of deafblindness. Carol is also hoping to raise enough funds to bring seven year-old Sara to Disneyworld on their last ‘sight seeing holiday’.
Meanwhile back on the farm outside Kilkenny city it was smiles all round as mother and daughter were given the opportunity to pet and feed the baby lambs.
“ Suzanna breeds Zwartbles sheep and lambs have been joining the family lately. Sara just adores nature. She loves daffodils and she loves animals. It was a precious time to witness the joy and excitement on her face. Unforgettable too,” she said.
Carol who started to lose her hearing and sight as a child was diagnosed at the age of 21 after she carried out her own research and came across Usher’s Syndrome, which was only discovered in 1914.
“ I take it all in my stride. I never look at the problem, I focus on the solution - that has been my modus operandi all my life. I am positive but of course I do have my down days but I try to be upbeat.”
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