On September 5th, 2018, the Smith family was winding up their mid-week dinner when the oldest of their three girls, eight year-old Liliana, ran into the corner of an appliance door and suffered a devastating injury to her right eye. The family rushed to the emergency room where the prognosis was much worse than they had anticipated. The globe of Liliana's eye was completely ruptured. Doctors initially told the Smith's Liliana would likely be blind in her injured eye and there was a very strong likelihood she would lose the eye itself. Liliana was transferred to the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles where she stayed for four nights after undergoing emergency eye surgery.
In approximately two weeks, Liliana will undergo a second surgery to re-attach her retina. The Smith's have been told Liliana will also likely need a cornea transplant and lens replacement. These surgeries will be done in the hope that she will be able to recover some portion of her vision in that eye.
The Smith's fervent hope and prayer is that Liliana will continue healing and this chapter will close with a happy and God glorifying ending. The hospitalization, surgeries, medications and treatment are anticipated to be very expensive and will place a heavy burden on this amazing family. Whatever amount you can give to aid the Smith family in their hour of need will be greatly appreciated. If the amount donated exceeds the amount they need to cover medical bills, any remaining funds will be donated to the Opthalmology Centers at CHOC or CHLA.