In 2019 Daniel and his family emigrated to the UK from South Africa but just two weeks after the move, his sight rapidly deteriorated.
“I have been living with visual impairment my whole life, but in 2019 my vision was drastically reduced. After suffering a haemorrhage in my retina, between February 2019 and August 2020, I had only 4 or 5 days of clear vision.
I was rushed to the JR for emergency surgery in August, to reduce very high pressure which was causing intense pain. After the initial success of the first operation, the pressure spiked again which resulted in a second operation, this time a tube implant on the 18th of December.
The operation went well, and my vision was much clearer until the evening after, when my sight went almost completely black. It turned out that a sudden drop in pressure had caused folds in my retina, which meant that I spent Christmas and New Year in darkness.
It has been tough; my mental health has taken a beating. I have gone through some counselling, which has been really helpful and that’s what motivated me to plan my birthday as a fundraiser.
I wanted to raise money for OAB as I was always in contact with them for advice, and they were always there. I would pick up the phone or send an email and they would always point me in the right direction.
The party was great fun, and it was so good to see friends and family after COVID, we even had a dance off!”