Mum issues warning to others after getting ‘black cloud’ across eyes on holiday


Debbie Ronan was on holiday when she got “black cloud” across her eyes and after being referred to hospital it was confirmed that she had a bleed behind her eye

Debbie Ronan has issued a warning after losing sight in both of her eyes

A mum has issued a warning after losing her sight and almost dying after getting a “black cloud” across her eyes while on holiday.

Debbie Ronan, from St Helens, Merseyside, suffers with diabetes, and in early 2019, the 45-year-old began experiencing bleeds in her eyes, impacting her vision.

She had an operation but tragically lost sight permanently in her right eye, causing her to have to give up her job as a maternity support worker, a role which she performed for over 20 years, Liverpool Echo reported.

Her condition leaves her unable to perform her duties and requiring almost full time care from her husband and family.

Debbie’s daughter, Carla Leyland, said: “She was on holiday and she got this sort of black cloud across her eyes, after being referred to hospital it was confirmed that she had a bleed behind her eye.

“She had an operation but she lost sight permanently in her right eye.







Her condition leaves her unable to perform her duties and requiring almost full time care from her husband and family.
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Debbie’s daughter Carla has set up a GoFundMe page to help support her mum through this difficult time
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Carla Leyland)

“She was fine for months and months, but then she began getting the bleeds in her left eye.

“After that, about 18 months ago, she went completely blind in both eyes, her sight did return briefly in January but the bleeds come and go, leaving her with no eyesight at all.”

Debbie said: “I got a call from a diabetes nurse after she came to my GP to do some tests and she called me back while I was at work and basically said ‘I don’t know how you’re still alive’ because my sugar levels had been that high for so long.”

Now unable to work and to carry out most of her usual daily activities, Debbie’s mental health is suffering as a result of her sight loss.

She said: “My husband is practically my full time carer now, he’s a taxi driver so it’s hit him hard too because sometimes he has to stay off work for me. I have really bad anxiety and emotionally it’s hard.”

Debbie wants to encourage people with diabetes to get their bloods checked regularly and to ask questions if something doesn’t feel right.

She added: “I would like to make other people aware of your diabetes and to really ask questions at the doctors and the hospital.

“It is so important to ask questions, because I wouldn’t want anybody to go through this.”

To help support her mum through this difficult time, Debbie’s daughter Carla has set up a GoFundMe page with her unable to work.

To donate to the fundraiser, click here.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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