Vision loss overcome

Ian Braimbridge (right) with his guide Tony Hagan (middle), vision impaired teammate Rupert Emanuel (left) and guide dog Gidgee.
Ian Braimbridge (right) with his guide Tony Hagan (middle), vision impaired teammate Rupert Emanuel (left) and guide dog Gidgee.

�The parasite had done a lot of damage and my organs started to shut down,� he said.

�At one point a priest was called to read my last rights.�

Mr Braimbridge recovered but was left with hemianopia, meaning he suffers vision loss in the left side of each eye.

Formerly a keen runner who participated in triathlons and marathons, he was no longer able to run safely.

�I missed my independence,� he said.

�I tried running on the treadmill but it wasn�t the same and I nearly had a few accidents by veering to the right when I couldn�t see,� he said.

But staff at not-for-profit organisation VisAbility helped Mr Braimbridge adjust to his new level of vision and get back to his passion of running.

�When I met Eve at the VisAbility gym, she knew how much I loved running and decided to start up a client running club,� he said.

�She suggested the City to Surf would be a great goal post to focus on improving my fitness and matched me with a guide to start training.�

Mr Braimbridge will run the event�s 12km course on August 30 with VisAbility staff member Tony Hagan, as part of Guide Dogs WA�s Jog 4 a Dog team.