Amaz­ing Melina in­spires her fam­ily

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - Exclusive -

MELINA’S hus­band Colin is the clos­est per­son in the world to her – and he is con­stantly over­whelmed at how well she’s able to nav­i­gate her sur­round­ings thanks to her re­mark­able blind­sight.

He says she can see move­ment, out­lines, and shapes.

She knows if daugh­ter Stephanie is sport­ing a new hair style and can tidy the house a bit “with­out trip­ping over shoes left on the floor”.

How­ever she can­not see faces and will never be able to cross a road by her­self.

She can see the her out­line in the mir­ror but still has to ask her carer if she is tidy enough to go out.

Melina – who used to be a med­i­cal sec­re­tary – will never be able to re­turn to full-time work.

She has car­ers and uses a com­puter to read her emails and cor­re­spon­dence.

Colin, a lab as­sis­tant at Wishaw Gen­eral, said: “Melina’s amaz­ing sight has taken us to some amaz­ing places.

“It’s an amaz­ing turn­around from when in­ten­sive care doc­tors told us her body was shut­ting down and they would have to put her in an in­duced coma.”

Stephanie, who is now train­ing to be a nurse at Ed­in­burgh Univer­sity af­ter be­ing in­spired by her mum’s story, added: “My mum is hugely in­spi­ra­tional.

“She gets a great feel­ing from be­ing able help sci­en­tists roll back the fron­tiers of re­search into sight.

“All I have ever known is mum be­ing blind.

“Who knows what the fu­ture holds in terms of what other sight she may de­velop.”

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