68-Year-Old Blind Man Sees For First Time After Falling From Stairs
Pierre-Paul Thomas didn't realize it at the time, but falling down a flight of stairs may have been the best thing he has ever done.As a result of that fall two years ago, the Montreal man, born blind, can now see for the first time in his life.
Pierre tumble broke bones throughout his face, necessitating the reconstruction of his eye sockets. Several months later, at a followup appointment evaluating the need for more surgery, a doctor at Montreal General, asked, “Oh, while we’re at it, do you want us to fix your eyes, too?”
From birth, Thomas had suffered from a condition caused by damaged optic nerves, cataracts and congenital nystagmus, a syndrome that leads to rapid, involuntary eye movements. Surgeries in his youth hadn't accomplished anything, so he'd given up hope.
Pierre had the surgery, and is now able to see -- an experience that he describes as overwhelming at times.
"I have to learn colours…..I reassure myself about what something is by checking with my fingers...It's like I'm a child all over again," he said.
So when all else fails…remember, just fall down a flight of stairs
- Kelly Urich