Blind person

Storm Schwartz, a young man who has more courage than most, wars told 8 years ago that he was going blind… and now community members are helping crowd-fund a procedure to get his sight back.


Peter Buchner helped Schwartz start the fund but the community are coming together in aid of the incredible South African.

Buchner met Schwartz many years ago at their youth church where the courageous South African used to go on a Friday night with his sister and friends.

Schwartz had been diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa at the age of 10 and by the age of 18 he had lost 100% of his vision.

“He was and still is an inspiration to others, a kind boy from an early age who always sees the best in others.”

“When he was diagnosed I remember seeing him squinting his eyes a little to see until his vision was completely gone then he needed to hold onto someones shoulder to be led around. He finished school by memory alone and passed all his exams.”

“This young man so far has done everything to contribute taking on jobs like telephone exchange operator for the police, making and selling Biltong.”

For the last eight years Schwartz has been living in a world of total darkness but there is some hope for him… there is a company called second sight that can help him to see again. Schwartz has been tested and found to be a perfect candidate for the procedure; however being a South African the cost from here is impossible without the help of the community.

Second Sight Medical Products Inc. is giving a second chance to blind people with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) to see again. Second Sight, a developer, manufacturer and marketer of implantable visual prosthetics which includes the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System provides a form of useful vision to blind patients.

Unfortunately this procedure is only available overseas and would cost almost R4 million.

The procedure will give him some sight back again and he can go on to have a far better quality of life.

“The things we take for granted always, the beauty we see around us all the time, colors and faces, trees and cars, vision is a beautiful gift that we have and for the sake of some money we can change his life and help Schwartz see again.”

Schwartz may have gone blind but he hasn’t given up hope. The proudly South African believes that one day he will see again, and if its up to his determined community… he definitely will.

“I would love another chance to see my parents, my family and all my friends again.”

To assist in any way, follow the link to the crowd-funding page.

Storm Schwartz

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