They took her to hospital, where they were told that she had limited vision in one eye, and couldn’t see from the other. The doctor advised them to take her to Dakar for examination. Seynabou’s parents were told that her stronger eye could deteriorate over time.
When Seynabou went to school, she couldn’t read anything unless the book was very close to her eye. Her marks were poor and she was falling behind in class. Even though they knew she was having difficulty, her parents wanted Seynabou to get used to going to school like her friends. But it was painful for them to see how she was struggling, and they were thinking about taking her out of school while they tried to find a way to pay for more surgery.
July 2020 update: During the COVID-19 pandemic, Seynabou is receiving homework through WhatsApp to support her ongoing learning at home. Her father Magatte says she spends much of her time reading and her teacher Mrs Maimouna Sarr tells us Seynabou reads well.