In a scene straight out of the movies, a Florida woman who lost her vision 21 years ago as the result of a car accident has regained her sense of sight because of another, unrelated accident.
In 1995, Mary Ann Franco was involved in a car accident that left her seriously damaged, including an injury to her spine. Days after the accident, Franco began having problems with her vision.
“It went blackish gray and I couldn’t see anything,” Franco recalled to WPBF.
Over two decades, Franco adjusted to life as a blind person and used a cane to help her get around. Recently, she fell in her home and again injured her spine, necessitating a visit to the hospital where doctors determined that she needed surgery.
When she awoke in the hospital, Franco’s vision had miraculously returned. “I said, ‘Lady, you with all that purple on, you give me something for pain,’” she said. “And my niece says, ‘What did you say, Mary?’” Beyond having been blind for decades, Franco was colorblind even before losing all her sight.
According to her doctor, John Afshar, Franco’s story is nothing short of “a miracle.”
“I’ve never seen it, I’ve never heard of it,” he said. Afshar speculated that the most recent surgery might have loosened pressure on an artery that transfers blood to the part of the brain that controls vision, but reiterated that he did not definitively know the answer.
Franco believes that there was a higher power involved in her recovery and has thanked God for healing her. “I believe He just went ahead and give it to me, He give me back my sight,” she said. “I really believe this with all my heart.”