- An Australian mother went blind just two weeks after the birth of her daughter
- She had perfect eyesight before that for 30 years
- She has shared her difficult ordeal
A mother in Perth, Australia went blind just two weeks after giving birth to her daughter in 2013.
Mii Teuru-Bates had perfect eyesight for 30 years before the arrival of her daughter Riteria, who is now four.
However, the mother-of-10 started experiencing pain in her eyes and had to go to the hospital several times. She was only given painkillers initially.
She soon lost her sight and has been blind for four years now.
Speaking during an interview, she said: "I can't see anything now. It's black and white. Black is like darkness, nothing at all. No little dots of light."
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When her condition deteriorated, she was taken into intensive care and further tests revealed a piece of placenta in her body. The resultant infection caused her blindness.
Teuru-Bates said her biggest heartbreak is not being able to read for her younger children. She said: "[My youngest son] always asks me to read his book and I always tell him that I can't help you... and he always says to me 'you can see mum, you can read my book, you can help me.'"
She is thankful for her supportive husband Turoa Teuru-Bates, who had to quit his job to care for the family.
She is sad that she is not able to see her children, aged between four and 19, adding: "I'm very, very angry. I'm very angry and very frustrated everyday since day one till today. I don't want to lose my husband and also my children. I want to see them again."
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