The couple met on E-Harmony and even had a cinema date
A blind man who saw his girlfriend’s face for the first time after surgery restored his eye-sight said: “She’s one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever met.”
Nathan Cummings, 24, started dating Samantha Maywood, 25, just months after chemotherapy used to treat a brain tumour left him blind in both eyes.
The treatment caused cataracts to form in his eyes robbing him of sight.
The couple met on internet dating site E-harmony earlier this summer and even went on cinema dates despite Nathan’s blindness.
But earlier this month, Nathan underwent laser surgery which partially restored his sight and he was able to look on Samantha’s face for the first time.
He said: “When I first met her, I was blind.
“I said to her: “I’m going to look after you.
“You’re probably the most beautiful person I have ever met.
“I still think that – even though I’ve got my eyesight back, I still think she’s one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever met. She’s helped me out, even when I was blind.”
Nathan first went to doctors with concerns over his health when he lost his balance while at work just over two years ago.
A short time later, in November 2019, tests revealed that the Blackpool lad had a cancerous brain tumour, which was roughly the size of a ping pong ball.
Even though the chances of success were slim, surgeons operated on Nathan straight away for eight hours and managed to save his life.
But only a few months later on his birthday, December 30, he was once again close to death when he caught meningitis.
He then contacted sepsis on two separate while undergoing lifesaving chemotherapy in 2020, which subsequently caused him to go blind.
Nathan said: “I got cataracts through the chemotherapy because it was high-velocity chemo.
“I was blind for about a year.”
While undergoing operations to restore his vision, the 24-year-old met singleton Samantha Maywood, 25, on dating site E-harmony and the two started dating.
Nathan said: “When I signed up to E-harmony, I was looking and looking and looking, but I couldn’t find anybody from Blackpool.
“Then I saw Sam, and she was from Blackpool, and that’s how we got together.”
He added: “I thought I’d give it a go, see where it leads me.
“Her mum suggested that she do it – she’s never had a boyfriend in her life.
The clear connection between the two soon blossomed into a relationship.
Nathan said: “It was supposed to be just getting to know each other, then get together, but it just went straight to a relationship.”
Even though he couldn’t see her, they still tried to have a normal dating life, including going to the cinema on one occasion.
He said: “We went to see Fast and Furious 9.
“I walked in, and it was pitch black, and I couldn’t see anything.
He added: “I didn’t really want to see it – I took her to say thanks for helping me.”
During their initial dating life, Nathan said that Samantha “guided” him when they went out together.
But his hopes of seeing his girlfriend of four months rose after he underwent a series of operations to try to restore his vision.
He said: “I had two cataract surgeries, one where I didn’t get my sight back and another where I got my sight back, but it was still a bit blurry.
“Then I had laser eye treatment a couple of weeks after, and then I could basically see.”
Following the surgery on November 11, Nathan said he still felt his girlfriend was “the most beautiful person” he’d ever met.
He said: “When I first met her, I was blind, and I said to her: “’I’m going to look after you. You’re probably the most beautiful person I have ever met.'”
“I still think that – even though I’ve got my eyesight back, I still think she’s one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever met.
“She’s helped me out, even when I was blind.”
He added: “That was the best feeling I have ever had, to be honest.
“It was my family as well, so it was the best feeling I have ever had, being able to see them again.
Despite regaining his independence, Nathan said he won’t be able to change the structure of his dating life for some time to come.
He said: “I haven’t been in hospital for any time this year, except for at the beginning of the year.
“But I’ve got a brain scan coming up in December, then I’ve got to go back for the results, so I don’t think I’ll be doing anything during then.”