Pope Francis Blesses Girl With Rare Disease

World News
Pope Francis and Lizzy Myers-20160306214429_1459998061521.png

Pope Francis gives a special blessing to an American girl suffering from a rare disease. The five-year-old meeting the pontiff as her parents help her finish a must-see bucket list before she loses her sight. FOX News senior foreign affairs correspondent Amy Kellogg is in Rome with more.

It’s the meeting of a lifetime for Lizzy Myers. The five-year-old from Ohio getting a chance to see Pope Francis up-close before she isn’t able to see anything at all.

“Lizzy, what are you doing here?”

A rare condition called Usher’s Syndrome is causing Lizzy to slowly lose her hearing and, eventually, her sight. She doesn’t know she’s ill, but, her parents have compiled a visual bucket list of things to show her before she becomes blind. The pontiff putting his hand on her ear and blessing her eyes during their meeting.

“She was awestruck. She just stared at him.”

“What Pope Francis has done for her, if there is any chance for a miracle, it will be there?”

The general manager of Turkish Airlines offering the Myers family plane tickets to anywhere in the world after hearing Lizzy’s story. They chose to go to Rome, allowing her to see the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and the Julius Caesar statue.

“We came here again hoping for some amazing memories for Lizzy, something that she’ll remember when things change for her.”

The first item on Lizzy’s list was an Ohio observatory, where looked at the moon and stars through a telescope.

She gave Pope Francis a meteorite from that visit.

In Rome, Amy Kellogg, FOX News.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss

Community Calendar