Saturday, February 19, 2011

The history of Oscar, the blind boy

The history of Oscar, the blind boy
“When impatient shoppers see little Oscar O’Sullivan-Hughes using his white cane, they assume it is just a toy and tut disapprovingly at him.But two-year-old Oscar was actually left blind at birth due to a rare genetic defect. Now his parents have spoken out to raise awareness of child blindness.

Oscar, who lives with parents Kate Hughes and Anthony O’Sullivan in Wythenshawe, Manchester, has Lebers Congenital Amaurosis. Ms Huges, 30, said: ‘Oscar’s used the cane since he’s been able to walk. Often when we are out in the shops he will stop to smell the bread, touch the fridges or smell the shampoos. ’People will lose patience with him and stride right over his cane. They have never knocked him over but they are so insensitive and will tut at him because he is holding them up. ’Often we think it’s because they are not aware or because they see that he is so young and think he can’t possibly be blind.’”

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