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Blinded, Looking for Mary

There is something in the heart of man that causes him to search for God, for the supernatural, for more than this physical world offers. Sadly, some are misguided, and suffer greatly for their false journeys. Such seems to be the case in this story, where, in India, following the reports of the image of the virgin Mary appearing, many have gazed directly into the sun, hoping for a glimpse. They are now blind.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: At least 50 people in Kottayam district have reportedly lost their vision after gazing at the sun looking for an image of Virgin Mary.

Though alarmed health authorities have installed a signboard to counter the rumour that a solar image of Virgin Mary appeared to the believers, curious onlookers, including foreign travellers, have been thronging the venue of the ‘miracle’.

St. Joseph’s ENT and Eye Hospital in Kanjirappally alone has recorded 48 cases of vision loss due to photochemical burns on the retina. “All our patients have similar history and symptoms. The damage is to the macula, the most sensitive part of retina. They have developed photochemical, not thermal, burns after continuously gazing at the sun,” Dr Annamma James Isaac, the hospital’s ophthalmologist, said.

The complete story is here. 

This is such a sad story of sincere people who are suffering extreme distress today.

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