An elderly woman selflessly donated $ 39,000 to help the family of a two-year-old boy who was born without eyes.
Marjorie, 95, made the generous donation after meeting little Archie Innes and his family this week.
The Sydney toddler was born with a very rare condition called anophthalmia.
Archie's family tried to raise money for a van that is equipped to accommodate the child in his wheelchair and all his equipment for special needs.
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Marjorie, 95, generously donated to Archie and his family after a chance encounter last month
Marjorie met with Archie and his mother Fiona on Thursday after generously donating to the family
Marjorie made her donation after Archie and his mother Fiona Innes appeared on Ben Fordham's 2 GB radio show.
During an interview with Mr. Fordham, she said she was handing over the money because she wanted to help.
"I will help everything that has to do with children," she said.
'He can't see this little boy, and you can't see so well, can you? So you have a good little connection there, ”said Fordham.
The lively 95-year-old charmed the radio host and teased him as she talked about her eyesight.
"How would you describe your eyesight?" Mr. Fordham asked.
"Damn terrible," she replied.
"Did you just say damn terrible?"
She quickly struck back, "No, I didn't … Oh, I could have."
The couple later argued about their age in an Instagram video that ended with Marjorie kissing Mr. Fordham.
The parents Fiona and Stevie (pictured with their children Alba and Archie) called their son "Wundermann".
Mr. Fordham inquired about Marjory's family, who said that they were just incredibly generous before they made their promise.
On Thursday, Ms. Innes thanked Marjorie for helping her “wonder man”.
"Because of you, we can take him anywhere now," she said.
Archie has complex health issues that require a team of 20 medical and therapeutic specialists across Sydney.
Archie was born with SOX2 anophthalmia syndrome and is "black blind" – his world is completely dark, yet the toddler manages to illuminate every room.
"Everyone who meets Archie is immediately drawn to his beautiful, contagious personality and smile," Ms. Innes told Daily Mail Australia last year.
& # 39; Archie gave so much pleasure to so many around him. We just couldn't imagine life without him, he's incredible, ”said mother Fiona Innes
“It was such a blessing for our family.
“We have learned to fully appreciate life and to enjoy every day we have together as a family.
& # 39; Archie gave so much pleasure to so many around him. We just couldn't imagine life without him, he's incredible. & # 39;
Archie also battles severe gross motor delay, mild to moderate hearing loss, and moderate aspiration (which can cause fluid to get into his lungs), which requires the feeding of food and fluid through a tube.
Ms. Innes and her husband Stevie, who also have a daughter, Alba, discovered in the second trimester that there was a problem with Archie's health.
"28 weeks after my pregnancy with Archie, the doctors did a full scan and identified a brain anomaly," said Ms. Innes.
She was 32 weeks pregnant when they were told that her son would be born without eyes. That day her life changed forever, she said.
Archie (pictured with her big sister Alba) also battles severe motor delay, mild to moderate hearing impairment, and moderate aspiration (which can cause fluid to get into his lungs), which requires the feeding of food and fluid through a tube
To date, Archie has spent almost half of his life in the hospital, and when he's not in the hospital, he visits a variety of doctors and paediatricians almost every day
In his short life, Archie has since been diagnosed with neurosensory hearing loss, multiple respiratory infections, mild to moderate aspiration, multiple brain abnormalities that need to be fully understood, and severe motor delay.
To date, Archie has spent almost half of his life in the hospital, and when he's not in the hospital, he visits a variety of doctors and paediatricians almost every day.
In order to fund Archie's immediate and ongoing medical care, his family has set up a personal funding page.
They hope to raise AUD 500,000 to cover childhood expenses, including intensive care, physiotherapy, speech therapy, and medical and specialized equipment.
To contribute, please visit the GoFundMe page.
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