Skip to comments.The Blind Man Who Taught Himself To See
Posted on 05/14/2011 3:48:05 PM PDT by ventanax5
Daniel Kish has been sightless since he was a year old. Yet he can mountain bike. And navigate the wilderness alone. And recognize a building as far away as 1,000 feet. How? The same way bats can see in the dark...
The first thing Daniel Kish does, when I pull up to his tidy gray bungalow in Long Beach, California, is make fun of my driving. Youre going to leave it that far from the curb? he asks. Hes standing on his stoop, a good 10 paces from my car. I glance behind me as I walk up to him. I am, indeed, parked about a foot and a half from the curb.
The second thing Kish does, in his living room a few minutes later, is remove his prosthetic eyeballs. He does this casually, like a person taking off a smudged pair of glasses. The prosthetics are thin convex shells, made of acrylic plastic, with light brown irises. A couple of times a day they need to be cleaned. They get gummy, he explains. Behind them is mostly scar tissue. He wipes them gently with a white cloth and places them back in.
Kish was born with an aggressive form of cancer called retinoblastoma, which attacks the retinas. To save his life, both of his eyes were removed by the time he was 13 months old. Since his infancy Kish is now 44 he has been adapting to his blindness in such remarkable ways that some people have wondered if hes playing a grand practical joke. But Kish, I can confirm, is completely blind.
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Amazing how people will go forward despite all the odds.
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