Sight restored in complicated surgery Miracle op gives blind man his first look at wife and kids
He had loved her voice since he first heard it in 1984. He had kissed her face a thousand times and held her hand. But he had never seen her - until now.
Michael May (54) had been blind since childhood. Then a miracle operation gave him back the gift of sight and his first ever look at his wife, as well as his two kids!
He lost his sight at the age of three. While playing with a powder he had found on the grounds of a chemical factory, it exploded and damaged his eyes.
But Michael never gave up hope. He learned quickly. He studied and founded an electronics firm. He’s a dedicated skier, and has won gold three times at the Paralympics.
He met his wife Jennifer (49) at a reception. She fell in love with him despite his disability and the couple now have two sons, aged 13 and 15.
One day, Michael accompanied Jennifer to her optician as she needed new contact lenses. More as a joke than anything, Michael also had his eyes examined.
But there was an amazing discovery - a new procedure (repairing the retina with stem cells) could be used to cure Michael’s eyes. The complicated operation was a success.
“A torrent of white lights” is how he described the moments directly after the bandages were taken off. Slowly, he began to make out shapes and colours. His heart raced as he began to discern more.
Then came his first view of Jennifer. First he could only make out her pullover: “Oh Heavens, that’s blue.” Then he saw her tender face, her hair. “So that’s what blonde looks like,” he thought. She was just like he had always seen her in his heart, only more beautiful.
He didn’t want to break down and cry because he was frightened of losing the picture.
Michael still has to train his brain to be able to deal with the new flood of images.
He is as happy as ever with Jennifer. Even though he might now and then look at other women on the street!