After 21 Years Of Blindness, One Woman Regains Sight By Accident

Kate Brown
After surviving a horrific car accident, one woman was declared legally blind for 20 years--that is, until a recent surgery had an unexpected outcome.

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Ever since she survived a car accident that occurred in 1995, Mary Ann Franco of Okeechobee, Florida has been legally blind—that is, until another accident changed everything.

Describing it as an “act of God,” Franco was miraculously given her sight back after a surgery to fix damage that was done when she fell down in her home. The surgery was meant to alleviate pain in her neck and arm, but when she woke up she realized there was an unintentional bonus of her sight.

“I said, ‘Lady, you with all that purple on you, give me something for pain,’” Franco told WPBF-TV of what she remembered when she woke up.

“And my niece says, ‘What did you say, Mary?’”

The surgeon that did the operation, Martin Health System neurosurgeon John Afshar, said he had never seen anything like it.

“The restoration of Mary Ann Franco's vision is a true miracle,” he told ABC News. “I really don't have a scientific explanation for it."

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However, Afshar said that he does have a theory.

“Mrs. Franco’s vision was impaired from her accident 20 years ago and it could have been a result of the artery being kinked, and then when we performed the surgery itself, we unknowingly probably unkinked that vessel reestablishing blood flow and, therefore, she could have regained her vision,” he explained.

As if the story couldn’t get any better, Franco also adds that she was colorblind before she lost her sight nearly two decades ago—she can now see color, too.

“You’re in blue and brown, and your tie is kind of brownish,” she said, pointing to her doctor, jokingly adding, “Yeah, you’re so handsome.”

Franco’s daughter was able to fly in and visit her while she recovered, and she cannot stop talking about her appearance, adding that she can’t wait to truly see the rest of her family.


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