Man’s sight restored after 10 years of blindness

Johannesburg – A man stricken by a degenerative eye disorder that caused blindness 10 years ago has been rewarded with the gift of sight once again.

Ster-Kinekor and its flagship CSI programme, Vision Mission, funded a double corneal transplant for Philani Twala. from the East Rand.

Now the movie giant is asking South Africans to join the conversation and suggest what movie they think Philani should watch with his new eyes, via their #OpenEyes campaign.

The campaign facilitated Twala’s life-changing operation that restored his sight after he was diagnosed with Keratoconus, a degenerative disorder of the eye that causes distortion of vision, sensitivity to light and eventual loss of sight.

Dreams of seeing again

In a moving YouTube clip, Twala recounted the day he lost his sight.

“I didn’t even know that such a thing would happen to me, I was afraid that they would tell me that I would never see again,” he said.

“When I was young, me and my friends used to watch movies a lot and I was happy, I lived life in those years. One day when I woke up I could not see anything, it was like a cloud,” Twala said.

“I was asking why is this thing happening to me? I was just thinking, I have to quit school and stay in the house until I die.”

He said he had grand dreams to fulfil when his sight was restored.

Never been in a cinema

“Sometimes my eyes would cry. I dreamed of living life again and if I could see again, I would tell my mother she was beautiful. She loves me more than anything,” he said.

“I am so excited to watch a movie and I don’t know what to expect because I have never been in a cinema. I am so happy, guys, and I just want to say thank you so much.”

To watch the clip below and comment on what Twala’s first movie should be.

The #OpenEyes campaign, which launched last week, runs until May 18.


Jeff Wicks, News24




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