Student Savannah Allen from Ohio, U.S, didn’t think her colourblindness was going to affect her pursuing her dream job of being a pediatric dental hygienist.
When she enrolled at UC Blue Ash College, the 22-year-old realised that the condition might be a roadblock in achieving that.
Savannah, who is married and has a child, was told that she was missing crucial spots in her evaluations of patients.
The greens and reds she was used to seeing were actually brown. But the inability to see colours properly was making it difficult to distinguish gum tissue from the enamel of the teeth.
So Savanah began to worry about having to drop out.
But luckily for Savannah, her classmates weren’t going to let that happen.
A group of her friends from college decided to give her corrective glasses so she could see colours she hadn’t seen before.
So for the first time. Savannah was able to see things like the colour of grass and the blue of the ocean.
When she first tried on the new pair of glasses gifted by her classmates, Savannah broke into tears. ‘You guys are so beautiful,’ she told them.
Her friends were also excited and emotional to see the heartfelt reaction
‘She’s never seen the colour of the ocean or the sky or the grass,’ said friend Judith Reyes to TV Channel Local 12. ‘It was just crazy to us.’
The group had crowdfunded to afford the EnChroma glasses which uses a special lens technology to help wearers see a broader range of colours.
But it costs $400 (£312) so they set up a GoFundMe page.
Once they hit their target, they decided to buy it as a surprise rather than just give her the money to buy it herself.
Her reaction was also recorded by one of the friends and uploaded on the university’s YouTube page.
‘I don’t want anybody to feel like they can’t pursue something that they love just because of something that’s a disability, because it’s not,’ said Savannah.
‘It’s just the way we were born. It’s just different.’
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