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Beacon of light: A visually impaired research student

Batting his eyelids, like a bird flaps for taking flight and then stretches its wings, and sometimes rotating his head from one direction to another, he walks down the road in assistance with his friend when he bumps into a side-mirror of a car parked at the roadside.

“Did you get hurt?” asked his friend to which he wore a broad smile and said, “You should better ask the mirror if it was hurt.”

Stumbling, tripping and bumping into things would be a routine course of events for him but this friend was not used to closely observing life of visually-challenged people — at least prior to being friends with him.

Saad Ghori’s story is a different one than other special people. In the society of vastly illiterate compatriots, he is an inspiration for not only other special men but those who are blessed with a vision as well.

He lost his eyesight in childhood, yet he is resilient to enlighten the world around him through his efforts.

He lives in a crowded area of Karachi near Guru Mandir, where his father, an MBBS doctor, runs a small clinic.

This M Phil student at Area Study Center for Europe, University of Karachi, understands the responsibility he owes to his parents for being the only male child — he has one sister.

Saad did not allow his disability to be an obstacle in his path, as he has been robustly pursuing his research studies in addition to serving in an NGO.

Until four years of age, Saad was absolutely a normal child but then the symptoms of an unfortunate disease, Buft Tahalmus, started taking over his sight which left him completely blind by twelve years of his age.

There are cures for different types of blindness, but his has developed into such a condition that only a real panacea could help him out, which he believes does not exist in this world. He has gone under the knife thrice already, but all in vain.

Now his eyes have become so sensitive that doctors prognosticate that these could no more be operated, and if attempted, it would result in retina’s damage and cause pitch dark blindness as any harm to the retina kills light-sensing cells.

The 25-year-old young man otherwise admires people’s treatment with him in normal life, but, baring his heart, he told the scribe that looking for a fine job or a life partner was like chasing rainbows for him, a complaint almost every special person can relate to.

Saad is a remarkable student who can independently travel from one part of the city to another via bus or motorbike called through ride-hailing apps.

He regards internet and software as a great help to him.

His is the story which teaches you how to make out in the face of adversities.

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