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Seeing is believing: Doctor, family say Centerville man's sight restoration 'a miracle'

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 3 2013 4:50 p.m. MST

The doctor shined a light twice in his right eye. Nothing. The doctor moved to the left eye and again, nothing. But the doctor tried once more.

"He shined the light and (Dustin) said, 'Wait. Do that again. I think I saw that,'" Ashley Dickamore said. "They shined it again and he turned to me and put my face in his hands and brought me up — he could only see just a little box that was really high — and he brought my face up and he said, 'I can see you!'"

The couple and the other family members in the room broke down in tears.

"That was quite a joyous occasion," Shawna Dickamore said.

Robinson described the restoration the same way as his patient.

"That is a miracle," he said. "The surgeon down (in Salt Lake) did a heckuva job, too, but I still have to believe that there were some prayers that were answered."

Since then, Ashley Dickamore said things have been "up and down." The recovery from the most recent surgery, a facial reconstruction, has been difficult for her husband, she said.

Dickamore's jaw is still wired shut, leading him to communicate through writing. He had a tracheotomy to help him eat and breathe, but he is completely confident in his recovery.

"I've been promised full recovery, and that's what is going to happen," he wrote. "It may take some time, but I know it will happen."

The plan, Ashley Dickamore said, is to "work to that day of full health and strength, but be grateful for the things that we have."

"You can either choose to mourn the things you don't have or choose to celebrate the things you do and we have so much," she said.

The hardest times for her have been seeing her husband — whom she describes as "the very best person I know" — in pain. Still, she said, they have complete faith he will be healed.

"He is good through and through," she said. "He does so much for so many people and he just loves to do it. … I think he keeps his promises to Heavenly Father and I know Heavenly Father will keep his promises to him."

On Dec. 7, friends of the family have planned a "ham shoot" fundraiser. More information can be found on the family's website.

Despite everything, Dustin Dickamore has only positive and encouraging words for others facing difficulties.

"Never give up no matter how bad you think it is," he wrote. "Someone else probably has it worse than you and are making it through their challenges.

"Just always believe."

Contributing: Ashley Kewish

Email: emorgan@deseretnews.com

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