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Blind woman recovers sight after heart attack

Posted by Luminus on January 20, 2006

A 74-year-old woman who had been blind for 25 years awoke in a British hospital after suffering a heart attack and could see again.

The Daily Telegraph newspaper reports she told her husband: “You’ve got older.”

Doctors were at a loss to explain how Joyce Urch, who lived in a world of shadows and near darkness since 1979, had recovered her sight after the heart attack 16 months ago.

Ms Urch, who was treated at Walgrave Hospital in Coventry, where doctors spent three days battling to save her life, called it a “miracle.”

The newspaper showed the white-haired Ms Urch, bright eyed and beaming, in the arms of her husband, Eric, after celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary last weekend.

“When I first came round I just opened my eyes and shouted ‘I can see, I can see.’ When I looked in the mirror I said ‘Oh.’ I said to Eric. ‘You’ve got older haven’t you?’ But I thought I’m old myself, my husband must be too,” she was quoted as saying.

“The first time you look in the mirror you look at yourself and think, ‘Is that really me?’ But a lot of things have changed.

“I love going out now. I can look around and see the trees and squirrels and pigeons.”

Ms Urch had been unable to see her five children properly since they were young adults and for the first time she was able to look at her 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Despite suffering from glaucoma, doctors did not think this was why she went blind, but could not pinpoint the reasons.

Her husband, 77, did not at first believe his wife, but tested her with what he was wearing and found out she was right.

It’s nothing short of a miracle. If you didn’t believe that there is a God, well I dare you to explain this to me using science and then (if you can tell your head apart from your arse) break it down in lay man’s terms.

Praise the Lord somebody.

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2 Responses to “Blind woman recovers sight after heart attack”

  1. Seun Osewa said

    Think of it this way – the blindness itself was a “miracle” since the cause was not known. Was that God’s doing too? I’d say it’s a case of a very unlucky woman who got lucky 25 years later.

  2. Luminus said

    Seun, that’s an interesting perspective. But then again you never know. The way God does things is far beyond what we can comprehend. Plus I think we should just be happy for the poor old lady instead of arguing over whether it was a miracle or not.

    Catch my drift?

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