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Miracle eye operation gives boy 20/20 vision after devastating accident

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A 19-year-old from Andover has been enjoying the first weeks of university life after recovering from a skiing accident in Switzerland earlier this year.

Johnny Blaxland was left with a severe brain injury and blind in one eye, but following specialist treatment, he's back to 20/20 vision.

Watch this report by Rachel Hepworth:

For Johnny Blaxland, reading history at Exeter University is a dream that just a few months ago seemed almost impossible.

The 19-year-old, who's an experienced skier, was enjoying a weekend on the slopes in Switzerland when disaster struck.

The 19-year-old is an experienced skier

Whilst attempting a back flip, Johnny landed heavily on his head and was immediately knocked unconscious.

He was airlifted to hospital where scans revealed a severe brain injury.

After spending four days in an induced coma, Johnny woke to weakness down one side of his body and also to discover he was blind in one eye.

Johnny Blaxland:

Three weeks after his accident, Johnny returned to the UK and was seen by the aptly named eye surgeon, Stephen Lash.

Stephen Lash, Optegra Hampshire Eye Surgeon:

Johnny was diagnosed with Terson's Syndrome and underwent a risky procedure to remove a vitreous haemorrhage.

Johnny was diagnosed with Terson's Syndrome Credit: ITV Meridian