Parenthood is certainly not easy. Raising a child is a taxing job that not everyone is willing to sign up for. But spare Arnel, an amazing dad of six who was the highlight of yesterday’s episode of “Rated K“. Thousands of Kapamilya viewers were moved by his one-of-a-kind story. Frankly, anyone who might have heard the 37-year-old dad’s story would raise their hand.and salute him for being a her. Every day, he looks after and makes ends meet for his family despite being single and blind.
According to the amazing dad, he was born with Glaucoma, an eye disease in which the optic nerve is damaged and can lead to blindness. He began to lose his sight in his right eye when he was only 20 years old, and later on his left eye, after a heated fight with his estranged wife.
“Nakakita pa ‘to konti lang po. Tapos naasar sa ‘kin yung asawa ko, pinalo ako ng planggana, namaga. Lalong nag-block out talaga.”
According to a special opthalmologist, Dr. Edgar U. Leuenberger from Asian Eye Institute, this unfortunate incident only worsened Arnel’s case.
“Mukhang matagal na talagang [inaudible] nang husto itong kanan na wala na tayong magagawa. Ang kaliwang mata niya, dahil doon sa in born na Glaucoma, dahil sa pagkahampas, dahil sa malamang meron din siyang retinal problem at catarata, bumaba na sa less than 10% ang paningin. Pero hindi siya zero.”
In spite of his situation, Arnel refuses to ask for help from his relatives. So, he does everything he can for his six children, even if it takes having to stroll around the street with his son just so they could sell ice cream.
Thankfully, many who were touched by the blind dad’s story were kind enough to help Arnel. The show provided him a convenient store on wheels, a renovation of their home, and a much-needed R&R at the mall, as a treat to the dad’s hard work.
Watch Arnel’s one-of-a-kind story here.
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