Omaha mom calls her daughter "light-hog" after rare disease

Omaha mom calls her daughter "light-hog" after rare disease

OMAHA,Neb(FOX42KPTM)-A 15-year-old girl is now sharing her story with the world. Her name is Molly Troxel.

"She would constantly look at the light," said Laura Troxel. She's Molly's mother. She says she knew Molly was different from the rest of her children.

"At about six months old, we all realized something was wrong with her vision."

They needed a second opinion, so they met with a doctor in Iowa.

"They told us Molly had this rare Leber Congenital Amaurosis disease and they were trying to find the gene that was mutated," Troxel said.

The disease starts at birth. People who have it tend to lose good vision early.

"When you first hear this diagnosis that your daughter is blind, you sort of think OMG, she'll never see what we see every day."

"It was really blurry and I couldn't see far away and I got colors mixed up," said Molly.

However, six years ago, doctors told her they knew of a way to help her.

"They did find the gene mutation, and they were able to use the gene therapy on this gene," Troxel said.

Molly had to go through a number of trials, but eventually she had surgery on both eyes.

"I really like the outcome of it because I was able to see new things," Molly said.

Molly's new sight also gained her some fans. A producer with PBS from Boston decided to feature Troxl's story in a documentary called "The Gene Doctors".

Although Troxel's vision still isn't perfect, her mother says her eyes tell the true meaning behind her name "Light-Hog".

If you would like to see a snippet of Molly's story, you can click on this link.

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