17.01.2011

Blind-born singer realises musical dream

Blind-born singer realises musical dream

By Alexa Kaczka

A Scottish singer who was born blind has realised his dream of releasing a single after putting his latest song on iTunes.

Neil McLaren was born sightless but underwent a pioneering operation to make him see at 11 weeks old, making him the youngest person on the planet to have the operation, the Daily Record reports.

At the age of three months, he was wearing special prescription contact lenses but his parents decided to try the innovative operation at Dundee's Ninewells hospital to make his life more comfortable.

Mr McLaren is still registered blind but is able to see by wearing contact lenses and learned to play the guitar before eventually releasing his new single - entitled Radio.

The singer, who hopes to follow in the footsteps of his hero Bryan Adams, told the newspaper: "The reaction to the song has been unbelievable. The View's manager has shown an interest, as well as the management behind Jedward and Peter Andre."

It comes after specialists at the Cole Eye Institute at Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, claimed that a new implant which releases the drug dexamethasone is a safe and effective treatment for certain types of the eye condition uveitis.

by Alexa Kaczka


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