Mum’s rare con­di­tion lets her ‘see’

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - Exclusive -

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

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