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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  • What an amazing woman! Adjusting to life with a newborn and losing her sight. Sending you all the best for the future


  • Ever since having my son I think I’ve become weaker in terms of what I could cope with. I couldn’t imagine going through her experience, what a string brave woman, my heart aches for you.


  • Beautiful attitude Sarah, eventhough it must have been hard. Bless you and your family !


  • oh my – how sad for this lovely new mum. I can’t even find the words to express how heartbreaking that must have been for her. I wish the family so much love and happiness for the future


  • That would be very difficult to cope with.


  • Wishing Sarah and her family all the best for the future.An amazing and strong woman.


  • What a very inspirational story – thanks for posting it. Enjoy everything you can and remain an inspiration for your son and your husband.


  • Wow- Bless them


  • Sarah’s attitude is amazing and inspirational.


  • Sorry Sarah, but you are an inspiration. Just moving on & doing what she needs to do for her lovely family. Love her positive attitude!


  • What a strong woman, just getting on with life. She may not want to be an inspiration to anyone but taking it in her stride and making the most of life is inspirational.


  • What a big challenge in Sarah’s life! She looks like a very strong woman. Not everybody would handle this experience the same way.


  • Many years ago a school friend of my Grandma’s had a miscarriage.
    A few weeks later she was at her Mother’s place for the day and fortunately from what I was told was sitting down. Suddenly her eyesight went from perfect, then blurry, then she lost her sight completely. When her Mum had a look her eyes were full of blood. Her Mum took her straight to the Dr. who called an ambulance and sent her to hospital. I never heard what caused it, but it was so painful they removed both her eyes. They later fitted glass eyes. She had to blink regularly to keep them moist so they didn’t irritate her eyelids. Pity they didn’t have the drops then that they have now. She had one guide dog that I remember so she probably had others prior to that one.

    Sarah, I’m so glad you can at least see enough to know where your beautiful baby to see him reach his milestones. It’s possible your hearing may become more sensitive. The lady we know knew a helicopter was in the area somehow before it got near their place. All the best to you and your family.


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