Chris Downey: My Life as a Blind Architect

Every so often, we come across a TED Talk that goes above and beyond to inspire us. In this talk Chris Downey, 46 makes us appreciate something we take for granted everyday. In 2008 Chris Downey, an Architect in California, had surgery to remove a brain tumor. Although the procedure was successful, one day his eyesight began to fail. Three days later he was blind. Remarkably Downey never once thought of giving up his work in Architecture.

After 46 years of living with sight, waking up one day blind — and with no sense of smell, which he also lost in the surgery — was “quite frankly, really terrifying.”


An amazing story we hope you’ll take a moment to see.

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