- Rory Dewar went blind at 22
- He was a rugby player and initially thought his condition was caused by a concussion
- It was later discovered he was suffering from a rare condition
- Rory participated in an experimental treatment that worked after 18 months
A lucky man is counting his blessings twice after being given a second chance at enjoying the beauty of life.
Rory Dewar lost his sight when he was aged 22 but was lucky enough to regain his vision after one-and-a-half years.
According to Daily Mail, the young man suffered from a rare condition which saw his sight start deteriorating slowly.
He was among 90 volunteers participating in an experimental treatment at Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON) after losing their sight.
Rory, a former rugby player, first thought his sight disappeared due to a concussion he suffered back when he was a player.
It was later discovered he had a disorder that affects around 30,000 people worldwide.
It is estimated men aged between 15 and 25 and women going through menopause are at risk of the disease.
The former rugby player said his journey to recovery has been incredible and is one for the books.
"I can hardly believe I was legally blind and now I can see again. My family and friends are astonished. The clinical team are astonished,” he said.
Rory kicked off his treatment in 2018 at a US-based facility. It involved getting once-off injections in his eyeballs.
He then visited the institution several times after for check-ups, courtesy of GenSight Biologics.
“The idea is your cells replicate and the team needs to test you continuously while that happens. Your genetic make-up changes to get rid of the mutation and rejuvenate the optic nerve. It’s all been an incredible experience seeing it from the inside,” he added.
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