Lizzy Myers (who suffers from a rare genetic disease called “Usher’s Syndrome” which is gradually robbing her of her sight) and her family visited the Vatican on Wednesday 6th April where they were given a special special seats for Francis’ Wednesday general audience, and Francis spent several minutes with her at the end.
The Holy Father hugged Lizzy and placed his hands over her eyes and blessed her eyes. After which Lizzy gave the Holy Father a meteorite chunk.
Lizzy’s parents in a statement said that Lizzy don’t know what she is suffering from and the future possible effects it might have on her hearing and seeing abilities.
Her parents have made a “visual bucket list" to show her as many things as they can before she can no longer see.
Her mother, Christine Myers, said afterward that Lizzy was “awestruck. She was totally big-eyed and it was a very powerful moment for her."
“I felt an overwhelming sense of peace" when they met, Christine Myers said at a press conference following the meeting. “Since the beginning of all of this, this is the first time I have felt peace."
Lizzy’s Dad, Steve Myers Said:
“I was very nervous coming up to that point, I started having stomach pains," he said. “But as soon as Pope Francis came up to where Lizzy was, a calm came over me, I don’t even know how to explain it."
“I believe and I think that what Pope Francis has done for her – if there’s any chance for a miracle, it would be there."
“Usher’s Syndrome” is A syndrome is a disease or disorder that has more than one feature or symptom. The major symptoms of Usher syndrome are hearing loss and an eye disorder called retinitis pigmentosa, or RP. RP causes night-blindness and a loss of peripheral vision (side vision) through the progressive degeneration of the retina.