Generation Grit: Childhood cancer left him blind but he never lost sight of his dream

Childhood cancer left John Danesh Krishnan blind. Despite his struggles to adapt to a mainstream school, he excelled and is on his way to fulfilling his dream of becoming a lawyer.

Childhood cancer left Mr John Danesh Krishnan blind. He struggled to adapt to a mainstream secondary school but later thrived in polytechnic. The 21-year-old aspires to be a lawyer.
Mr John Danesh Krishnan, 21, who is blind, outside his home in Jurong. He had eye cancer and lost his sight at the age of two. He attended the School for the Visually Impaired, now known as the Lighthouse School, where he learnt Braille. It was also
Mr John Danesh Krishnan, 21, who is blind, outside his home in Jurong. He had eye cancer and lost his sight at the age of two. He attended the School for the Visually Impaired, now known as the Lighthouse School, where he learnt Braille. It was also where he first borrowed legal thrillers from the school library that piqued his interest in the area of justice and law. He is presently pursuing a four-year degree in law at the University of Tasmania in Australia.ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG

Mr John Danesh Krishnan was just four months old when he was diagnosed with stage four retinoblastoma - a form of eye cancer that commonly affects young children.

The tumour was embedded in the retina of his right eye, but his mother refused to heed the doctor's advice to remove it in order to prevent the spread of the cancer.

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