Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Mother's Sights Set on Support

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Mother's Sights Set on Support

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Byline: Jo Leslie

IN five short minutes, 25-year-old Josephine Bromham's world literally plunged into darkness.

"It was June 19, 2007," the young mum recalls. "My eye started bleeding and in five minutes I couldn't see a thing."

A desperate dash to Gladstone Hospital by husband Allan was just the start of many months of travelling back and forth to Brisbane, but doctors are still no closer to a diagnosis.

"I had low vision in my left eye from a little girl - about six out of 120," Mrs Bromham said. "But the sight in the right eye deteriorated so quickly it was a great shock.

"I was working as a hairdresser and an aged care worker but I haven't been able to work since.

"Because I have no diagnosis I'm not eligible for a blind pension or taxi vouchers.

"I've got a six-month-old son, John, and I'd like to be able to get to the shops and take my son out, to take the strain off my husband.

"When I was pregnant with my son the use of a white cane was presented as one of the possibilities to get back some of my mobility," she said. …

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