Amit Patel, a 37-year-old former doctor, lost his sight in 2012 and relies on his guide dog Kika to navigate his way around London.
He lost his sight due to an illness called keratoconus, and it changed the shape of his cornea and the six transplants he attempted all failed.
Kika not only gives him a sense of companionship, but also independence.
“It’s embarrassing shouting around for assistance,” he said. “I’m just a Londoner who wants to blend in with the environment, don’t want to cause attention. Once I got off at the wrong station and Kika got lost. A guy saw me from the distance and walked over to me, touched me on the shoulder and asked if I needed help. He took me all the way to the right one.”
But not everyone is as kind, andAmit would often be frustrated in his travels by the inconsideration and flat out abuse at the hands of others, which gave him an idea.
He decided to strap a GoPro to Kika to capture some of the mistreatment in the hopes of raising awareness, and the results were shocking, to say the least.
Patel said that Kika got “abused” and was hit with “umbrellas and bags”.
“I was with my 2-month old baby on my chest, the dog on the left side blocking the escalator,” he said, recounting another incident. “A lady came running behind us. I told her I couldn’t walk up the escalator because of my dog. She had a go, saying was going to miss the train because of my dog.”
Despite these incidents, Patel says 99% of the time he has no issues whatsoever, and he encounters genuinely nice people.
But 1% of the people are “rude and arrogant,”and he’s hoping to raise awareness of the discrimination blind people face on a daily basis.
“It’s difficult enough to travel across London imagine with eyes shut, no useful vision at all,” he said. “One thing I’ve found being recently blind is the loneliness. I rely on Kika and on hearing. But I always try to leave the house with a smile on my face.”
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