Against all Odds: Blind Couple Weds; Blind Son Serves as Pageboy

In nothing short of a fairy tale, a blind couple, Samantha Goddard and Tony Chandler, got married in a beautiful ceremony, with Samantha’s blind son serving as the pageboy, Express reports.

The 25-year-old bride who lost her sight as a reaction to wrong swine flu prescription drugs met her husband, Tony Chandler, 46 at the Royal National School for the Blind.

Samantha was wrongly diagnosed with swine flu by NHS Direct in December 2009 and had a terrible reaction to the prescription drug- Tamiflu.

The reaction left her covered in blisters and she developed a fatal toxic epidermal necrolysis which left her hooked up to a life support machine and fighting for her life. Samantha survived the tragic incident but was left with damaged corneas and had to be registered blind.


The happy bride couldn’t help but gush about her big day.

“It was a brilliant day, we had a lovely time and the weather held up.

“After the ceremony we had photos taken outside and then we all went home and got ready for the evening do.

“We had about 20 or 25 guests there, it was a small gather of close friends.

“It was nice because it was people who we are close to who turned up.”

“We are just spending our time chilling out and enjoying married life.”



Her 2-year old son from a previous relationship, Vinnie also lost his sight recently from the effects of two brain tumours. He was diagnosed with brain tumour at just 3 months old.

The blind couple have put their plans for a honeymoon on hold and are instead spending time with Vinnie as he recovers from his chemotherapy treatment.

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