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Losing His Sight As A Baby

Born as a six-week premature baby on May 13, 1950, in Saginaw, Michigan, Wonder got placed under intensive care in an incubator. The oxygen levels, however, were too high. This, coupled with his prematurity, caused Wonder’s retinas to detach before he could even open his eyes.

This condition, according to the National Eye Institute, is known as retinopathy of prematurity. Scientifically speaking, the abnormal levels of oxygen pumped into the ventilator caused the growth of abnormal blood vessels in his eyes. When these vessels reached the retina, they hemorrhaged, damaging the retina as a consequence and causing it to detach.

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