Blind woman unexpectedly regains vision after neck surgery

Credit: WFLA

OKEECHOBEE, FL (WFLA) – A Florida woman who lost her sight in 1993 can see again after a miraculous turn of events.

Mary Ann Powell-Franco’s ordeal began after crashing her car on a snowy Ohio morning, she needed spinal surgery to fix ruptured discs, WBBH reported. The words from her doctor at the time landed like a death sentence.

“He said, ‘Mary Ann, you had a stroke on that table,’” she remembered.

Her world went dark.

“Nothing,” Mary Ann quickly answered when asked to describe what she saw. “I couldn’t see anything. However, hell felt, I felt like I was there.”

Recently a fall re-injured her spine. A family member drove Mary Ann to the Martin Medical Center in Stuart, Florida.

She went under for neck surgery, but no one, not even her doctor, could imagine how she’d wake up.

Mary Ann was in the recovery room in the hospital at the time. Her niece, Heidi, was shocked by her aunt’s words.

“I could look out and see the St. Lucie River,” Mary Ann recounted. “A great big beautiful white sailboat was going down it.”

While the procedure that the doctor did on Mary Ann had nothing to do with her eyes, doctors theorize that an artery may have become kinked from the ’93 crash and the recent surgery on the spine may have removed that kink – restoring blood flow that brought back her vision.

Mary Ann is now recovering at home and has plans to fly to Michigan next month to see family members she has not seen in more than 20 years.

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