‘Miracle’: Taxi crash gives boy his sight back

2011-06-22 00:00

A GRADE one learner can see properly again, thanks to a taxi accident.

Gerhard van der Merwe (7) was almost completely blind in his right eye until he was knocked down by a taxi in front of his parents’ house in Potchefstroom about two weeks ago. Now he can see everything.

Said his mother, “He didn’t see the taxi approaching from his right and walked right in front of it. The blow sent him some 12 metres through the air … We were afraid he was dead.”.

It appears that Gerhard’s bad eyesight may have been due to pinched nerves.

“In hospital he kept telling us he could see,” his mother said. She believes a miracle has taken place.

An eye specialist tested Gerhard and said he could read “from the largest to the very smallest letter on the chart”.

Dr Gideon du Plessis of the Eye Institute in Pretoria confirmed Gerhard had extremely impaired vision in his right eye.

He would not comment on the possibility that the accident contributed to his improved eyesight.

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