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Real Miracle: Blind Woman Regains Her Sight After Heart Attack
Telegraph ^ | January 20, 2006 | Nick Britten

Posted on 01/20/2006 8:32:02 AM PST by van_erwin

A woman who had been blind for 25 years awoke in hospital after suffering a heart attack and found that she could see again.

Since 1979, Joyce Urch had lived in a world of shadows and near-darkness, but was astonished to find her sight restored when she came round after being resuscitated.

 
Mr and Mrs Urch
Mr and Mrs Urch, fresh from celebrating their golden wedding anniversary

Doctors have been unable to explain what happened, but Mrs Urch, 74, was happy yesterday to put it down to a "miracle".

She said: "When I first came round I just opened my eyes and shouted, 'I can see, I can see.' When I looked in the mirror I said, 'Oh.' I said to [her husband] Eric, 'You've got older haven't you?' But I thought, 'I'm old myself, my husband must be too.'

"The first time you look in the mirror you look at yourself and think, 'Is that really me?' But a lot of things have changed."

Mrs Urch had been unable to see her five children properly since they were young adults and, for the first time, was able to look at her 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She said that despite suffering from glaucoma, doctors did not think this was why her sight went, although they were unable to pinpoint the reason.

"They did a lot of tests and said it was a genetic condition," said Mrs Urch. "Other members of my family have lost their sight, including my grandmother and two aunts.

"I had lots of treatments at the hospital but eventually went completely blind. It was totally different when my sight returned. It happened immediately and I could see everything straight away."

There was no sign of what was to come when, 16 months ago, Mrs Urch suffered a heart attack and was admitted to Walgrave Hospital in Coventry, where doctors spent three days battling to save her life.

She and Mr Urch celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last weekend in a way of which she had never dreamed. She said: "I love going out now. I can look around and see the trees and squirrels and pigeons."

Mr Urch, 77, a former coal miner, said: "I didn't believe it when she said she could see me. I said 'What colour pull-over am I wearing?' She said 'grey', and she was right. When Joyce first went blind it made a huge change to our life. Everything seemed to fall away from us. She couldn't do anything.

"She does little chores now. We try to do everything between us. This has given us both our lives back."

Their eldest daughter, Carol Obeirne, 46, said: "When she first came round we thought, 'This is not going to last, she is going to die.' Then she started shouting, 'I can see'. I was just so excited.

"My mother has never been given any medical explanation as to why she lost her sight, nor has she ever been offered any medical explanation as to how she recovered it."

Martin Breen, consultant cardiologist at the Walgrave Hospital, said: "I am not able to give a medical explanation. When she was admitted to hospital, she had suffered a serious heart attack and our main concern was to save her life. I am delighted that she has fully recovered, and it is an added bonus that she has also recovered her sight."


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1 posted on 01/20/2006 8:32:03 AM PST by van_erwin
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To: van_erwin

Probably gave her blood thinners and that was able to stimulate the optic nerves.


2 posted on 01/20/2006 8:34:20 AM PST by djf
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To: van_erwin

i had a minor heart attack last summer........after they put me on medication, my vision improved dramatically.....hardly need my glasses anymore!!!


3 posted on 01/20/2006 8:35:13 AM PST by joe fonebone (Woodstock defined the current crop of libs, but who cleaned up the mess they left?)
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To: djf

Probably became a Republican...


5 posted on 01/20/2006 8:36:31 AM PST by willyd (No nation has ever taxed its citizens into prosperity)
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To: van_erwin

BTTT


6 posted on 01/20/2006 8:36:42 AM PST by Fiddlstix (Tagline Repair Service. Let us fix those broken Taglines. Inquire within(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: van_erwin

bttt


7 posted on 01/20/2006 8:36:56 AM PST by shield (The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instructions.Pr 1:7)
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To: djf
Probably gave her blood thinners and that was able to stimulate the optic nerves.

Wow, that sounds like such a cynical statement. Don't you think the doctors would have thought about that? I put this story up as a bit of good news among all the negative stuff we hear every day. A little chance to remember that miracles sometimes happen.

8 posted on 01/20/2006 8:37:26 AM PST by van_erwin
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To: van_erwin
"Doctor, after my heart attack, will I be able to play the violin?"
9 posted on 01/20/2006 8:40:51 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: van_erwin

I don't see at all how what I said is cynical. I'm glad she got her sight back.

There is ALOT going on in medicine and nutrition now. We're gonna see alot of the conventional wisdom tossed onto the trashheap.

Some scientists measured the amount of vitamin C in a 150 pound goat. They figured the goat manufactured in it's body 13 thousand milligrams of vitamin C a day.

So why does a goat need 225 times the US RDA of vitamin C?

See what I mean?


10 posted on 01/20/2006 8:44:41 AM PST by djf
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To: shield

Whats BTTT that you guys have posted?


11 posted on 01/20/2006 8:44:41 AM PST by Habble Gabble
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To: van_erwin

I think you can rest assured that the medical research community will be all over this case. Out-of-the-ordinary recoveries are often a precursor to breakthrough research.


12 posted on 01/20/2006 8:44:44 AM PST by HolgerDansk ("Oh Bother", said Pooh, as he worked the bolt.)
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To: djf

I misinterpreted your comment. It can be hard to read a person's tone from text, sometimes, sorry.
I thought you were someone trying to minimize the miracle with a quick explanation.


13 posted on 01/20/2006 8:46:30 AM PST by van_erwin
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To: ClearCase_guy

Henny Youngman was the King of quick one-liners. They don't make 'em like they used to!


14 posted on 01/20/2006 8:46:43 AM PST by newfreep
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To: djf
Can you get the vitamin c from eating the meat of a goat? Thats pretty funny because of all the vegetarians who say meat is so bad all the time. More vitamin c in a goat chop than orange juice!!! LoL
15 posted on 01/20/2006 8:47:12 AM PST by Habble Gabble
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To: Habble Gabble
bttt=back to the top
16 posted on 01/20/2006 8:47:17 AM PST by shield (The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instructions.Pr 1:7)
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To: joe fonebone

What kind of meds did they put you on? It might be interesting to see if some derivative comes out with that purpose (improving deteriorating vision) in mind.


17 posted on 01/20/2006 8:47:43 AM PST by trebb ("I am the way... no one comes to the Father, but by me..." - Jesus in John 14:6 (RSV))
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To: van_erwin

There's a Twilight Zone episode in there somewhere.


18 posted on 01/20/2006 8:49:12 AM PST by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: van_erwin
'Oh.' I said to [her husband] Eric, 'You've got older haven't you?'

Now she's out looking for a younger man.

19 posted on 01/20/2006 8:54:23 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: van_erwin

Call it what is is. A miracle from God, and only God. Praise Him for it.


20 posted on 01/20/2006 8:57:12 AM PST by Texagirl4W ("I am too blessed to be stressed and too anointed to be disappointed!")
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To: van_erwin

Can you imagine what it's like to think you'd never know what your own grandchildren looked like, then actually look at their faces?


21 posted on 01/20/2006 8:57:28 AM PST by van_erwin
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To: PBRSTREETGANG
Now she's out looking for a younger man.

************

LOL! That was my thought as well. :)

22 posted on 01/20/2006 8:58:53 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Texagirl4W
Exactly.

Doctors have been unable to explain what happened, but Mrs Urch, 74, was happy yesterday to put it down to a "miracle".

23 posted on 01/20/2006 8:59:18 AM PST by van_erwin
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To: Habble Gabble

I read somewhere that the half life of vitamin C in the body is only about an hour. So if you take a 250mg tab before you go to work, then by mid afternoon, you're already below the RDA.

I take 6-10 grams a day.


24 posted on 01/20/2006 8:59:22 AM PST by djf
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To: trebb

blood thinners and imdur ( nitro glycerine ) i have since gone off the nitro, but still take the thinners...forgot what it is at the moment.


25 posted on 01/20/2006 8:59:36 AM PST by joe fonebone (Woodstock defined the current crop of libs, but who cleaned up the mess they left?)
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To: van_erwin

All glory and praise to the Lord Jesus Christ!!!!


26 posted on 01/20/2006 9:01:59 AM PST by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (Undocumented border patrol agent.)
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To: van_erwin

I hope her grandchildren a re good looking!!! Too bad if gramma wakes up to funny looking kids around her!!!!LoL


27 posted on 01/20/2006 9:02:59 AM PST by Habble Gabble
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To: joe fonebone

You can actually buy in the health food section a cardio Sodium Nitrite prep that is supposed to be good for you. I guess the body basically ignores the nitrite molecules floating around, but if the blood flow slows down, it converts the stuff to NO and that is the same basis for the nitroglycerine treatment.


28 posted on 01/20/2006 9:08:51 AM PST by djf
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To: djf

>>Some scientists measured the amount of vitamin C in a 150 pound goat. They figured the goat manufactured in it's body 13 thousand milligrams of vitamin C a day.

Got a source for that?


29 posted on 01/20/2006 9:14:43 AM PST by Graymatter
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To: trebb
What kind of meds did they put you on? It might be interesting to see if some derivative comes out with that purpose (improving deteriorating vision) in mind.

Yes, indeed. There has been a good deal of research over the last decade or so into the side effects, and hence other uses, of drugs that were designed for one thing and turn out to do other things as well.

30 posted on 01/20/2006 9:21:33 AM PST by Fatuncle (Were I not ignorant, I would not be here to learn things from you.)
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To: Graymatter

http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/sp-su97/intake.html


31 posted on 01/20/2006 9:21:40 AM PST by djf
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To: Habble Gabble
Can you get the vitamin c from eating the meat of a goat?

Only if you eat it raw. I think Vitamin C is destroyed by heat.

32 posted on 01/20/2006 9:26:28 AM PST by Lizavetta
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To: Lizavetta
This explains why Albanians are so healthy
33 posted on 01/20/2006 9:32:27 AM PST by Waverunner
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To: djf
Damage to the optic nerve can never be restored. Period.
34 posted on 01/20/2006 9:42:14 AM PST by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: mariabush
A good rule of thumb, "When a person is healed of a non-curable condition with no explanation as to why...it is a miracle!"

Give God the Glory!

35 posted on 01/20/2006 9:55:36 AM PST by stars & stripes forever
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To: stars & stripes forever

Exactly!!!!!!


36 posted on 01/20/2006 9:57:19 AM PST by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: van_erwin

This has got to be the feel good story of the week, or even the month. God works in mysterious ways.


37 posted on 01/20/2006 10:07:37 AM PST by joebuck
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To: stars & stripes forever

I injured my back recently and went to see several doctors. Since it had been quite painful at first, they all assumed I would be ready for surgery. By the time I could get in to see then though, the pain had subsided to a point which allowed me almost complete mobility. Most of them couldn't understand what had happened. My wife told them that she and others had been praying for me to get better. One doctor then admitted that he thought her prayer had done the trick. He told us that he had experienced many cures and improvements in physical condition that had no medical explanation, that could only be explained as an act of a higher power.


38 posted on 01/20/2006 10:15:11 AM PST by oldfart ("All governments and all civilizations fall... eventually. Our government is not immune.)
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To: oldfart
The prayers of a righteous man is powerful and effective. James 5:16
39 posted on 01/20/2006 10:23:55 AM PST by stars & stripes forever
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To: mariabush

You may be right.

If I had a nickle for every time I heard someone from the medical establishment in the 60's, 70's, 80's, and 90's say "There's no such thing as a true aphrodisiac" then I'd have one pretty freakin good sized pile of nickles.

Now, I just want a nickle for every time I hear "If you get one and it lasts for more than four hours you better put some ice on it and seek medical attention..."

I always take standard accepted theories with a grain (or even a pound) of salt. So shoot me.


40 posted on 01/20/2006 10:33:33 AM PST by djf
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To: van_erwin

"Doctors have been unable to explain what happened, but Mrs Urch, 74, was happy yesterday to put it down to a "miracle".

She said: "When I first came round I just opened my eyes and shouted, 'I can see, I can see.' When I looked in the mirror I said, 'Oh.' I said to [her husband] Eric, 'You've got older haven't you?' But I thought, 'I'm old myself, my husband must be too.'"

Well...I suppose this proves that doctors just don't have all the answers...The shock of the heart-attack to her system, forced open another avenue, which included eyesight.
I am very, very happy for this woman...


41 posted on 01/20/2006 10:41:04 AM PST by Mrs. Darla Ruth Schwerin
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To: van_erwin

Awesome.


42 posted on 01/20/2006 11:31:19 AM PST by tioga (Speaking out from the god-forsaken frozen tundra of the Hildebeast.)
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To: van_erwin

Lovely news. Isn't God good?


43 posted on 01/20/2006 12:21:21 PM PST by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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To: joe fonebone

Glad to hear that you have recovered your health. May the Lord be with you.


44 posted on 01/20/2006 12:22:41 PM PST by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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To: djf
So why does a goat need 225 times the US RDA of vitamin C?

I don't know - perhaps because the US RDA guidelines are set for humans and not animals. How much vitamin C does a goat require, and how does that requirement differ from a human being's need? How much vitamin C does a goat get from its normal diet?

Polar bear liver contains many times the RDA of vitamin A - so much, in fact, that the liver is toxic to humans if eaten. The presence of a certain quantity of a vitamin in an animal might not be the best indicator of how much of that vitamin is healthy for us.

45 posted on 01/20/2006 2:49:50 PM PST by Denver Ditdat (Leftist New Year's resolution: force Christians into the closets vacated by gays)
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To: Denver Ditdat

In this particular case, humans are quite different than animals and in fact probably need even more.

There are only something like 3 mammal species on the planet that can't make their own vitamin c. Humans and the upper primates, Guinea pigs, fruit bats, and one or two more CANNOT make their own, and get what they need from their diet.

So the amount a goat has in it's blood is what it's OWN BODY made. And it's body isn't gonna make it if it doesn't need it.

And I know about polar bear livers. The fact that a polar bear has that much vitamin A in it's body at all should tell you something about the importance of vitamin A!

Feel free to do some research before you come back and argue.


46 posted on 01/20/2006 3:35:57 PM PST by djf
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To: van_erwin
It can be hard to read a person's tone from text, sometimes, sorry.

Done in good FReeper sprit. Good on ya!

47 posted on 01/20/2006 3:39:55 PM PST by steveo (No Anchovies? You've got the wrong man, I spell my name steveo...)
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To: djf

About half a goat's worth, eh?


48 posted on 01/20/2006 3:59:57 PM PST by Old Professer (Fix the problem, not the blame!)
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To: joe fonebone

What are you, about 45???


49 posted on 01/20/2006 4:00:39 PM PST by Old Professer (Fix the problem, not the blame!)
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To: Old Professer

LOL!

Maybe they should make Vitamin C pills in the shape of goats and gerbils!

Call them C-ranimals or something!


50 posted on 01/20/2006 4:04:43 PM PST by djf
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