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The moment a blind man got his sight back

A woman from Devon has captured the moment a blind man's sight was restored, as part of a project in Malawi in Africa.

Rachel Palmer filmed the operation, which was broadcast live on the internet around the world. When the bandage was removed, the man was able to see his 18 month old grandson for the first time.

Watch what happened in the following video, courtesy of Sightsavers.

Devon journalist films blind man's sight restored

Winesi, who was blind, got to see his grandson for the first time Credit: SeeTheMiracle

A woman from Devon has captured the moment a blind man's sight was restored, as part of a project in Malawi in Africa. Rachel Palmer filmed the operation, which was broadcast live on the internet around the world. When the bandage was removed, the man was able to see his 18 month old grandson for the first time.

It was absolutely incredible. One of the most amazing things I've seen. Being able to give someone back their sight also means giving back their life and it was just remarkable, the difference in this one guy, Winesi, who we followed. He had a whole new lease of life and he actually said "before when I was blind, I felt like I was dead and I feel like I've been reborn now."

– Rachel Palmer, Multimedia journalist

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Fixers: Finding a job when you're disabled

Now, for many young people finding a job after leaving school or college is a tough proposition. But imagine the additional barriers for those who are disabled.

We've been talking to Tommy Gundry from Liskeard who has made it his mission to tackle those barriers - and make local employers recognise that disabled workers are as good as anyone else.

He enlisted the help of Fixers - the campaign that gives young people a voice - to make his point.

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Councillor's disability comments 'have no place in modern society'

A spokesman for disabled charity Scope described Cllr Collin Brewer's outburst as "outrageous".

He said:

Comments such as this have absolutely no place in modern society and should be consigned to the history books.

To hear such an ill-judged and insensitive statement from a councillor is deeply disturbing and demonstrates that they are clearly not fit for office.

Sadly hostility such as this is not uncommon for many disabled people and it is thoughtless comments like this that make it even harder for them to overcome the multiple barriers they face and live their lives just like everyone else.

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Disability service calls for Councillor to resign

Disability Cornwall today led the calls for Mr Brewer's resignation.

Theresa Court, advice services manager, said:

I remember him (Mr Brewer) coming over and asking what the stall was about.

I was explaining to him about the parent partnership service when he said disabled children should be put down.

He said they cost the council too much money.

I felt physically sick. I was there with parents of disabled children at the time and I just had to turn my back on him.

He is supposed to be an elected member representing public views and acting on behalf of the public.

How anyone can come out with that is just shocking.

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