Mum’s rare condition lets her ‘see’
Melina hasn’t properly seen Stephanie’s face for 20 years. part of her brain that governs sight. Shee spent weeks hooked up to a life support machine.
Then, a few months into her hospital stay, something very unusual began to happen.
Melina started to become aware of the world around her, and thought her sight was returning.
“During my four- month stay in hospital my mum Angela brought in a wedding anniversary present in a bright, green gift bag,” she said.
“I could see it on the bedside table and asked what was in the green bag.
“Everyone was stunned and I called out for the doctors.
“They insisted I was imagining it and had guessed the colour. They were adamant I couldn’t see. I couldn’t convince them and felt so angry I wasn’t being believed.
“I could also see the outline of people and movement but not their faces or expressions.
“Desperate to prove this, I asked my family to get my boss to come in to see me as soon as she could.
“I worked as a medical secretary for an eye specialist and knew she would help.
“She examined me and referred me to Professor Gordon Dutton, a leading specialist at Glasgow’s Gartnavel Hospital.
“He diagnosed blindsight which few unsighted people develop to develop another way of seeing.
“He then asked if I could travel to