The first blind person to ever get a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) in the United States is the amazing 26-year-old San Antonio, Texas, resident Loik Charles.
Dominican-born Growing up, Loik Charles faced challenges that led to the loss of his vision. He explained how he was overoxygenated by medical staff and prematurely born with cataracts.
“So the combination of these two messed up the membranes behind my eyes. I was told, I was not born blind.” he explained to Dominica News.
Loik Charles overcame his handicap and graduated from high school with an outstanding mark. He went on to the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW), where he completed his undergraduate studies and received a bachelor’s in arts with minors in marketing and sociology.
“I feel quite elated and ecstatic. It’s something that I have worked hard towards and I am thankful that God has blessed me to be able to see that day where I was able to cross the finish line of this chapter in my life,” he said.
Loik Charles explained that he is like anyone else as his challenges do not make him less capable. “I am like everybody else, you know. The only thing is I cannot see like everybody else, but it is not really a big deal,” he said.