Lisa Reid: Woman Blinded As A Child Hits Her Head On Coffee Table, Regains Sight

Lisa Reid lost her vision at age 11 when a tumor inside her head pressed on her optic nerve, but years later the New Zealand woman was able to regain her sight thanks to a freak accident.

When Reid was 24, she bent down to kiss her dog, Ami, goodnight. When she banged her head on her coffee table, Reid thought nothing of the bump and went to bed, but when she woke up something amazing happened — her vision returned.

Lisa Reid, who is now 38, said she doesn’t know exactly how the miracle happened.

“Nobody knows what happened or can explain it,” Reid told the Daily Mail Australia.

“I can’t really find words to describe how it felt — amazing, fantastic. You can imagine not being able to see and then you can, you can’t really describe that. To see the world again visually is a gift.”

Lisa Reid isn’t the only person to have her vision miraculously restored. Last year a British man, who damaged his eye 16 years ago when a piece of scrap metal from an oven struck him in the eye, went through an experimental surgery to bring his vision back. A doctor was able to use part of the man’s tooth to help him regain close to 40 percent of the vision in the eye.

For Reid, having her vision suddenly return was quite a shock. She said seeing her brother for the first time after 13 years was jarring.

“He was a man… with a goatee and everything. My brother’s a man,” Reid said. “When I saw my mum, I was like: ‘You look the same but older.’ I turned into a woman and my brother turned into a man.”

Though her vision was miraculously restored 14 years ago, Lisa Reid is now sharing her story as a way to raise awareness for Blind Week in New Zealand.

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