‘Miracle’ as blind woman sees again after 21 years because of unrelated spine surgery

Mary Ann Franco had been blind since a car accident in 1995, and thought she would never see again.

However, after having unrelated surgery on her spine, she had a ‘miracle’ recovery which doctors couldn’t explain.

Mrs. Franco fell down in her home over two decades after the accident and suffered from severe neck and arm pain.

Mrs. Franco

She opted to have some spinal surgery in order to alleviate the pain she was in.

When she woke up from the surgery, Mrs. Franco was shocked to discover she could see.

She said after her surgery: “Lady, you with all that purple on you, come over, give me something for the pain”.

Her niece was shocked she could see the colour the woman was wearing, and said: “What did you say, Mary?!”

Doctors can’t say for certain why her eyesight returned, but they have a theory.


Neurosurgeon John Afshar said her loss of sight could have been due to a kinked artery caused by the car accident.

“When we performed the surgery itself, we unknowingly probably unkinked that vessel reestablishing blood flow and, therefore, she could have regained her vision,” he added.

Mrs. Franco also claims she was colourblind before the accident – and can now even see in colour.


“You’re in blue and brown, and your tie is kind of brownish,” she said, pointing to her doctor, jokingly adding, “Yeah, you’re so handsome.”

She is the most excited about being able to see her family.

Looking at a picture of her daughter she said: “This is my daughter? Oh my God! Isn’t she beautiful.”

Mrs. Franco is greatly looking forward to seeing the rest of her family in the summer.

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