Kansas City artist turns misfortune into others' gain

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A local artist is using crowdfunding to pay for surgeries that will change her view of the world.

At first glance, Nina Gann would seem like any other artist, but there's more to her than meets the eye.

“Yeah, I have almost no depth perception. I can't even pour water in a cup. It's ridiculous,” Gann said.

Three months ago, a window fell and broke over her head. A piece of glass became lodged behind her eye.

Gann now needs multiple surgeries, but this starving artist didn't stop drawing.

“It's funny; it's changed my perception on art and I kind of have to look at things in a different way and remember how I used to make things,” Gann explained.

Her family convinced her to start an indiegogo page to raise money.

“I don't want to come across like I'm reaching out for charity, like I need help, woe is me,” Gann said. “The other thing I liked about this website is that I can do it as I'm selling my art.”

In one day, she raised more than $9,000.

“I didn't even know if it would make this much ever,” Gann remarked.

Unlike some crowdfunding sites, she gives her art in exchange for the donation.

“I would love to give them something for what they're giving me because it's so huge,” the artist said.

Now, she has expanded her artwork to help others like her.

 “People have to wear an eye patch and complain that you can't find any eye patches that don't look like you just got punched in the face.”

Doctors expect Gann to see again after a few surgeries. She plans to keep making her art and eye patches after that.

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