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Cape Town woman's brave battle against rare eye disease: I've had 40 operations but my corneas are still melting

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Velindie February is hopeful to regain her sight one day. (PHOTO: Corrie Hansen)
Velindie February is hopeful to regain her sight one day. (PHOTO: Corrie Hansen)

It's been four years since she was able to work, run the marathons she so loved, do her makeup or choose her own outfits.

Life for Velindie February came to a standstill when what she thought was an ordinary eye infection led to the trauma of her corneas melting – and now, 40 operations later, she’s completely blind, capable only of discerning light and dark through one eye.

Velindie can barely move between the rooms of her home in Kleinbosch, Cape Town, without help and relies on her husband, Dale, and parents, Vivi and Lorraine, to do everything for her.

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