MAPLEWOOD, Minn. -- There's new hope for a Wyoming, Minnesota teen injured in a gym accident more than a year ago.
KARE 11 recently profiled the story of 17-year-old McKenna Konze, who suffered a tramatic brain injury in gym class in February of 2011.
Due to a crushed occipital nerve, Kenna's eyes are permanently dilated making it hard for her to ever leave the house. She must wear dark sunglasses all the time.
After her story aired, Chris Gregg, an eye doctor from Inver Grove Heights, offered to make prosthetic lenses for McKenna free of charge. He's one of only six doctors in the country that does this procedure.
A fundraiser to help pay for McKenna's mounting medical bills took place Saturday at The Dog House in Maplewood.
"These prosthetic lenses will enable her to not have to wear sunglasses 24/7," says her mother Lisa Miller. "It will give her an opportunity to be able to go out in the world more comfortably."
McKenna also suffers from non-epileptic seizures and wears hearing-aids to tone down the sounds which give her migraines. She also recently had a device surgically implanted in her head to help with the pain.
If you would like to help out the family, donations can be made through Anchor Bank. Make checks payable to Troy Miller (Memo: Kenna's Kure). The account number is #30311142.
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