Dr. Michael Ebonhor was not born blind, but at the age of 23 he lost both of his eyes when armed robbers attacked him and tore his eye out. The orienteering advisor shared with ANGELA ONWUZOO his traumatic experience and how he refused to let his dream of becoming a doctor be snatched away by his disability.
July 20, 1995 remains the day that Dr. Michael Ebonhor will not be forgotten any time soon. It was a sad and terrible day for him. It was the day that armed robbers threw him into the world of darkness and stole both of his eyes simply because he had no money to give them when they came to attack his neighborhood.
Six or more robbers had attacked and raided his room on that fateful day when he was a 200th year student in geography and social sciences at Thai Solarin Education College (now Thai Solarin Education University), Ijebu Ode, Ogun.
While Ebonhor's roommate was lucky to have escaped the mutiny of bandits who fled with dangerous weapons, including guns and machetes, the Delta State natives had no luck when the bandits ambushed him because they didn't have the money to give them to you.
The harrowing experience became even more traumatic as he struggled to pay his tuition and take care of himself during school. As a student he also worked as a bus conductor.
But even after an unfortunate encounter with the robbers, Ebonhor vows that his dream of becoming a doctoral student will not be shattered by his sight loss.
Although Ebonhor's blindness was shocking and sudden and sadly accepted by his family, the father of two says he has overcome the regret of losing his sight in this way and found that the robbers who blinded him lacked bitterness. . He said he would even forgive his attackers if they were eventually caught by the police.
I was the only one who got hurt because I had no money
Commenting on his traumatic experience with PUNCH HealthWise, Ebonhor, now Head of Counseling at the Federal Ministry of Education, Ogun, said, “I was not born blind. It happened on July 20, 1995. I was 23 years old and a level 200 student at Tai Solarin High School, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State. I studied geography and social science in college and lived off campus.
“That fateful night, a group of armed robbers came into our neighborhood and stormed six buildings. My building is the fifth to be robbed.
When they entered my room they asked for money. I had a roommate and he was the first one the robbers picked up. But he managed to escape. When they chased him from a distance and couldn't catch him, they came back to pick me up and I had no money to give them.
“When they couldn't find anything, they asked me to come out and lay me on the floor. I was surrounded by six men. Two held weapons, two held glasses, and the other two held iron.
They hit me on the head with a gun and tortured me with machetes and eventually tore out both my eyes.
Unfortunately, I was the only one injured in the robbery. Those who have money and give it to them are not hurt. You're not hurt. "
I passed out for hours after my eye was removed
Ebonhor told our correspondent that he nearly died in the attack because he collapsed hours before help arrived.
It is even more traumatic when he wakes up and sees darkness everywhere and wonders how in the prime of his life he will live his life without sight.
“In the morning my neighbors took me to a nearby hospital where they gave me first aid and then to the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teachers Hospital (OUTER), Sagamu, Ogun.
“I was in the hospital for six months. When the attack happened, I fainted. But after a few hours I woke up. When I woke up, I saw complete darkness, and when I realized that both my eyes were missing, I was devastated.
“At first the doctors came and told me not to worry and reassure myself that everything would be fine.
“When I asked the chief adviser about my fate, he kept telling me that everything would be fine. But how far he can not answer.
“One day a nurse took me to the bathroom and I hit my shoulder against the wall. It brought me to tears. I was just wondering how someone who was agile and independent was suddenly led by people here and there. I was just imagining how I would rely on people for my movements.
“So after this experience, I asked the doctor if my eyes would work again, and he wondered what caused the question. I told him that someone wanted to give me an eye.
"Then the doctor told me, to be honest, my eye was gone and there was no cure.
"He told me that the nerves connecting my eyes and brain were damaged even if someone gave me eyes to see again.
"So no one can supervise my work," said Ebonhor.
I prayed for four days and God asked me to forgive the robbers
He continued, “At that time, my emotions subsided. I stopped taking the medicine at the hospital for the next two days. I don't eat regularly.
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