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Former Blind Man Thanks God for Miracle of SightAired June 7, 2000 - 2:23 p.m. ET
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KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN ANCHOR: For the past decade a Wisconsin man has been totally blind. It was an electrical accident, and last hour we told you how in a blinding flash of light Renay Poirier suddenly could see again.
He joins us now by phone to talk about his amazing story.
Renay, you are definitely the talk of the newsroom. Can you tell us what happened? did you wake up? did it happen during the day? what did you see? what happened?
RENAY POIRIER, FORMER BLIND MAN: It happened during the day, I came in and I was getting ready for my daily routine and going through -- I'm a physical therapist assistant, and I was getting ready for my daily schedule, and getting equipment ready to work with those patients. And I was standing getting the equipment organized next to the window and I experienced a terrible headache and a really bright flash of light, and I went numb and -- I get all choked up, yet,..
PHILLIPS: That's OK. What did you see?
POIRIER: I got -- I -- it took a while, and I don't know how long it took. But when -- I felt like I was kind of floating and comfortable then. And when I could open my eyes and look down, the first thing I saw was the chapel, nine floors below, and the green grass and the trees, and I ran down nine flights of stairs to the chapel and I dropped to my knees and I praised God.
PHILLIPS: And your priest was there wasn't he?
POIRIER: He was there later on.
PHILLIPS: What did he say to you? what did you say to him?
POIRIER: I just -- I pounded on his door and I said, "I can see! I can see!" And I don't remember everything that happened right then, but we went back into the church and I read scripture to him. And that was the first thing that I have read since the accident.
POIRIER: Almost 10 years ago.
PHILLIPS: And I know -- we've been looking at pictures of your family. You actually -- the next thing you did, you went home and you kissed your two daughters right? that you had not seen in 10 years, and started going through photo albums.
POIRIER: I started going through photo albums right away, and then my wife fixed me up and we went to get the children. And I just studied them. I don't think I blinked for five minutes. I just studied their faces and they are so beautiful and it was the best day of my life.
PHILLIPS: What did your kids say to you, Renay?
POIRIER: I -- It took a while, probably five minutes or so and my oldest daughter said, "dad, are you OK?" And I said, "yes, honey, I'm very OK, I can see you now." And it's just beautiful -- they get their beauty from their mama.
PHILLIPS: Renay, can your doctors explain this?
POIRIER: No, no. I don't think anybody can but the good Lord.
PHILLIPS: So what's next? what are you going to do now? are you going to stay with the same job and...
POIRIER: You know, we -- definitely yes, I love being a physical therapist assistant and I love working with patients. And I think that having the opportunity to spread my faith with patients and empathy with patients, understanding what they -- to some degree what they have gone through is real important in my life. And I think that I just need to take day by day, moment by moment, and hope that I get the direction that I need from the good Lord.
PHILLIPS: Renay, what's the next thing you'd like to go see? you've seen your kids, your family, your friends, what's the next mission?
POIRIER: Every day I wake up and look outside and that's beautiful. Anywhere that I go, any place that I'm at, I'm just going -- I'm going to take it all in.
PHILLIPS: Renay -- I'm sorry, go ahead.
POIRIER: No -- no big plans, just enjoying what we have every day in our lives.
PHILLIPS: Well, you are a true testament. Boy, you talk about believing, Renay Poirier, thank you so much for joining us.
POIRIER: You're very welcome, and God bless you.
PHILLIPS: Ah, thank you.
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