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Moultrie woman asks for help for cornea transplant

MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -

Everyday tasks such as washing her hands or going to the refrigerator can be difficult for Nakisha Powell. She has had keratoconus for 3 years now, and she's ready to see again.  

"You never know how things look until something happens and then you miss those things and seeing how pretty and clear everything around you is," said Nakisha Powell.

Keratoconus is a rare cornea disease that affects 5 of about 10,000 people annually. It gives the cornea a cone shape, as you see in the picture to the side.

At the onset, the disease may not seem like a serious issue.   

"I knew I couldn't see but I didn't tell anybody because I thought it was just glasses, and that was it," she said. "But when I went to the doctor, she told me I had keratoconus."

The condition will turn a clear image into something fuzzy and tough to see and often make you see double. Powell says she won't recognize old friends at the store.

She wants the surgery so she can achieve her dream of being a pastry chef.

"My plan was to go to culinary school in Orlando because I want to become a pastry chef, and in order to do that I need both of my eyes and not just one."

Powell's mother has been praying for this surgery so that her daughter can move on and be who she wants to be. Her condition keeps her from driving and getting out.

"For me, it would mean the world to me.  She can get her surgery and get on with her life," said her mother Carleen Powell.

The cornea transplant has a near 100 percent success rate. Powell was denied Medicaid and disability.  

She says an online fundraiser may be her only hope to get the $15,000 she needs for the surgery. You can watch her story and donate to her fundraiser by going here or by visiting youcaring.com and then searching "Nakisha Powell."

Her surgery is tentatively planned for July 17th. 

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