David owes his life to routine eye exam

Optician Pramod Ray Patel
Optician Pramod Ray Patel
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A routine eye examination has saved a teenager’s life, after his optician spotted tell-tale inflammation that showed he was on the verge of a lethal brain haemorrhage.

David Metcalfe was ordered to go straight to hospital, where he was rushed into surgery and given a lumbar puncture to alleviate stress on the brain, which could have caused blindness, or even killed him.

He was kept overnight for tests and, over the course of six months, had more procedures, but has finally been given the all clear – and he doesn’t even need to wear glasses.

Now the 19-year-old has thanked Pramod-Ray Patel, at Insight Opticians in Chesterfield, for saving his life.

The Chesterfield teen said: “Without his expertise, I wouldn’t be working, I wouldn’t be driving and I wouldn’t be living.

“I’ve been able to have a normal life and have been able to do all the things any normal teenager would, like go to college and on holiday, and it’s all thanks to him.”

David’s mum Lesley had originally booked David in for an eye examination, before he fell ill with vomiting and tiredness, and decided to take him to the appointment even though he was sick.

She said: “David’s recovery has been slow, but he is better now and I can’t thank Pramod-Ray enough. He’s a very humble man and he will just say he was just doing his job, but he has saved my boy’s life.

“If it wasn’t for his quick actions things would have been a lot worse.”

A spokesman for Insight Opticians said: “Pramod-Ray is a much-loved pillar of the community and we are proud of his achievements and the amazing work he did to save David Metcalfe’s life.”