Woman Gets Vision Back After Chiropractic Adjustment
A feel good story appeared in the August 3, 2005 publication of the The Daily Times of Delaware. The storyline starts off by reporting, "Doctors said after Laura Hattier was born, she'd never be capable of seeing like a normal person, let alone drive an automobile -- but that didn't stop her. She later entered a beauty pageant -- and won. Following a chiropractic adjustment, her vision came back and she married the chiropractor."
Based on the article, Laura was diagnosed at birth, with congenital nystagmus. This is a condition in which the eye experiences involuntary shaking, causing severe vision loss. According to Laura one in a thousand children are born with this particular condition. She noted, "When I had been born, I was completely blind. The doctor's told my parents there is no hope."
This case did not stop Laura from working to fight. As a child her vision improved, but she was still unable to play or read such as 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 struggling with severe stomach ulcers. Doctors continued to tell her there was no hope for either of her conditions.
However, Laura wouldn't let that stop her. She then entered the Miss Laurel beauty pageant -- and won. She noted that the event changed her life and opened doors that would have otherwise remained closed. She commented, "That was the best memories of 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 chiropractic."
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."