Tooth saves engineer's sight

High-flying Nedlands engineer Neil Theobald almost lost his life, then went blind, at the age of 52. But he refused to accept the prognosis that he would remain blind for the rest of his life.  “Anger – that was it. I just stayed angry,” Neil (55) said. “I absolutely refused to go for my white-stick training. I kept saying I was going to beat this.” The cause was a rare and horrific reaction to a prescription drug, which was followed by weeks of intensive care in Royal Perth Hospital’s burns unit.

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Local surfers headed out into the Cottesloe waves to celebrate the winter solstice as the sun rose on Wednesday morning. The local men have made naked surfing a winter ritual for some years, and it has developed into a charity fund-raising event to raise money for research into testicular cancer.

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