This blind woman regained her sight thanks to a "miracle" fall
A 70-year-old woman who has been blind for the past two decades has miraculously regained her sight after a fall in her home.
Mary Ann Franco damaged her spine and lost her sight in a car accident in 1995.
Franco was admitted to hospital for a procedure on her back after she fell in her Florida home. Doctors are unable to explain how the procedure resulted in the return of her eyesight.
“The restoration of Mary Ann Franco's vision is a true miracle,” Dr Afshar, on woman regaining sight after fall https://t.co/lYV9jFkz9E
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A neurosurgeon, John Afshar, told The Telegraph he believes the miracle recovery is a result of a kinked artery.
“When we performed the surgery itself, we unknowingly probably unkinked that vessel reestablishing blood flow and, therefore, she could have regained her vision,” he said.
More incredibly, Franco was colour-blind before the accident but has now gained the ability to correctly identify colours.
Okeechobee woman is becoming world famous as the Daily Mail in England picks up story about Mary Ann Franco,... https://t.co/qmnwBlkb1J
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“You’re in blue and brown, and your tie is kind of brownish,” she said, when she first saw her doctor, “Yeah, you’re so handsome.”
According to ABC, Franco was most excited to see her family. Her daughter flew in from Michigan to see her and Franco couldn’t stop complimenting her appearance.
"This is my daughter? Oh my God! Isn’t she beautiful” she said.
This is incredible! 21 years after a bad car accident took her vision, Mary Ann Franco got it back: https://t.co/wMnckcvNWU
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