[AI] Indian-origin man going blind given first guide horse in UK - Article

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Mon Oct 15 08:21:09 EDT 2018


10/15/2018 – Mumbai Mirror

Indian-origin man going blind given first guide horse in UK

IST Patel and Digby; PIC: DAILY MIRROR LONDON An Indian-origin man based in
north-west England, who suffers from a degenerative eye condition, is set
to become the first person in the UK to get a guide horse to assist him
with daily tasks once he loses his vision completely. Mohammed Salim Patel,
a journalist based in Blackburn at Lancashire, suffers from a condition
called Retinitis Pigmentosa, due to which he is left with a very small
amount ofsight in his right eye and will eventually become totally blind.
The 24-year-old, who suffers from a deep-seated fear of dogs since a scary
childhood encounter, could not rely on the more commonly used guide dogs
for the blind and that is how the concept of a miniature guide horse came
to his attention. “Digby (guide horse) is still a baby and will be two
10/15/2018 Indian-origin man going blind given first guide horse in UK
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2/2 years old in May 2019. His training will take around two more years, so
I expect to be able to bring him home to Blackburn once he’s finished his
training. He will be able to work into his 40s, whereas a guide dog has to
retire at the age of eight,” Patelsaid.


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