Just nine days after giving birth Sarah Hocking confronted the frightening reality she might never look at her son again.
The 28-year-old held her son Archer and cried as she was led away to the operating theatre, where she underwent a seven-hour surgery to remove a tumour from her optic nerve, reports Daily Mail.
‘A mask was put over my face…my lights went out and that was my last coloured memory,’ she said.
Sarah lost most of her vision in the operation and, although she can still make out some blurred objects, is now legally blind.
On her blog blind intuition she described how she had cherished every second with Archer in the nine days before her life-changing surgery.
She said: ‘I remember every conversation, every visitor, the pure euphoria I felt holding my baby for the first time.
‘The sleep deprivation, but wanting to stay awake just to stare at Archer, and take in the shape of his little lips, his wrinkly grandpa forehead, his deep blue eyes…the colour of his skin.’
‘Even though I wish for my vision to come back, it went out with a bang and on a high so I will hold onto that.
‘I may not be able to see the colour of Archer’s eyes, or the finer details in life, but I can see enough to see his face light up when I am up close, I can hear his infectious laugh and giggles, I saw the first time he rolled over, the first time he crawled, sat up and took his first steps.’
‘I refuse to accept my story as a sob story,’ she said.
‘My husband Cameron and I are proud people and don’t see our situation as one to feel sorry for.
‘I don’t want to be seen as inspirational for managing to do everyday tasks such as parenting, work, household chores or going for a run just because of my impairment.’
Sarah, you are amazing. What a beautiful family.
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