|Woman Gets Vision Back After
A feel good story appeared in the August 3, 2005 issue
of the The Daily Times of Delaware. The story starts off
by reporting, "Doctors said after Laura Hattier was
born, she'd never be able to see like a normal person,
let alone drive a car -- but that didn't stop her. She
later entered a beauty pageant -- and won. After a
chiropractic adjustment, her vision came back and she
married the chiropractor."
According to the article, Laura was diagnosed at birth,
with congenital nystagmus. This is a condition where the
eye experiences involuntary shaking, causing severe
vision loss. According to Laura one in a thousand
children are born with this condition. She noted, "When
I was born, I was completely blind. The doctor's told my
parents there was no hope."
This situation did not stop Laura from working to
achieve. As a child her vision improved, but she was
still unable to play or read like normal children. "When
I was a child, I would look in an adult text book and
all I could see were dots," Hattier said. "I thought,
'Wow, grown-ups are really special to be able to look at
dots and get words out of that!'."
By the time Laura turned 16 her vision had improved a
little but she was still legally blind. Additionally she
had begun suffering from severe stomach ulcers. Doctors
continued to tell her there was no hope for either of
However, Laura did not let that stop her. She then
entered the Miss Laurel beauty pageant -- and won. She
noted that event changed her life and opened doors that
would have otherwise remained closed. She commented,
"That was the best things about my teenage years."
While continuing on to college, Laura took a part-time
job at chiropractor Donald Hattier's office in Delmar.
She noted his belief in chiropractic by recalling, "He
suggested that everybody should get adjusted
(chiropractic) if they need it or not just because it's
a healthy and holistic thing to do."
It was in this circumstance that her life was changed
forever. After just her first adjustment, her ulcers
disappeared and her vision began to improve. Laura
commented, "I don't know if it was coincidence or
On her last day of employment, Dr. Donald asked her on a
date. The rest as they say is history. The article notes
that Laura and Dr. Donald Hattier now have four children
and live near Dagsboro. At age 39, Laura is living the
life she never thought possible. Her vision has improved
to 20/50 and she reports that she is able to take care
of her family and run daily errands. "I can pick my kids
up from school, I can drive my kids to church and I can
go to the grocery store for my family," she said. "I am
truly thankful for that."