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Girl who lost sight from rare type of tumor helps others

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A 12-year-old girl from Ethiopia who lost her sight because of a tumor is thanking the doctors at Riley Hospital for Children.

Kalkidan Sirbaro suffers from a rare form of tumor called craniopharyngioma. Doctors in California removed the tumor in 2012, but it grew back.

Sirbaro underwent another surgery at Riley Hospital for Children in 2014 to remove the regrown tumor.

Even though she has been through so much, doctors said Sirbaro manages to stay strong and positive. She even weaves hats and scarves for the homeless.

Sirbaro said she hopes to one day be able to see again.

“It I don’t (see again) it’s fine. It’s up to God. It’s not up to me right now,” Sirbaro explained. “I’m gonna work hard on my schoolwork and not just concentrate (on) when I’m going to get my sight back, because the more I think about it, the more I’m going to get down and not get anything done.”

Sirbaro attends boarding school in Fort Wayne.

Doctors say her condition affects three children in a million.

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Shoe art by Kokomo native stolen from northern Indiana museum

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WISH) — A shoe by an Indiana native was stolen Saturday from a northern Indiana art museum.

South Bend Museum of Art is seeking help to find the thief of a shoe from the piece titled “Welcome Knives,” part of an exhibit by Kokomo native Chris Francis that’s traveled to other U.S. museums. His work has been described as wearable architecture.

The shoe disappeared between 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday while the museum was open. The museum staff and city police are reviewing surveillance video from the Century Center to gain a lead. South Bend’s show called “Chris Francis: Modern Bespoke 21st Century Shoe Art” is in the downtown Century Center through April 5.

Francis, who grew up in Kokomo and now lives in Los Angeles, said in a statement that he was “saddened to be informed that someone has chosen to steal the piece ‘Welcome Knives’ from the exhibition. The shoes exhibited are all documented and catalogued works of art that have shown in many museums. Every shoe in the exhibition is one of a kind, with no others in existence making them very different than shoes we find in stores.”

Francis has created shoes for runway shows and for celebrities, including Lady Gaga and the members of Kiss and The Sex Pistols.

His work was displayed late last year on the Purdue University campus.

Anyone with information was asked to call the South Bend Police Department at (574) 235.9201 or contact the South Bend Museum of Art via email at info@southbendart.org, or through the museum’s social media accounts: Facebook, @SouthBendMuseumofArt; Twitter, @southbendart; Instagram, @southbendart.

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