Groom Who Wants to Get Married Before Going Blind Wins Dream Wedding

Groom Who Wants to Get Married Before Going Blind Wins Dream Wedding
Fri 06-06-2014

A young groom who is desperate to marry his fiance before he goes blind has won a dream wedding.

Steven Howarth was born with bad eyesight and, despite pioneering treatment six years ago to save his vision, still faces losing his sight altogether.

He and bride-to-be Sarah Hardy would have had to save for years to marry at the venue of choice, the Cresta Court Hotel in Altrincham.

Now, they have pencilled in a wedding date for 12 months from now, after they topped the public vote in a competition run by the hotel to win a free wedding.

If all goes to plan, Mr Howarth will be able to enjoy his wedding next year on May 22.

Mr Howarth was born with a rare inherited condition, which left him with poor vision and unable to see in the dark.

In 2008, aged 18, he went to Moorfields Hospital in London to take part in a clinical trial where doctors injected healthy genes into his eyes to correct the faults. This made a big difference initially, but his eyesight has since deteriorated again.

His condition, Leber’s congenital amaurosis (LCA), affects about one in 100,000 people. If Mr Howarth has any children, there is a strong possibility they will also suffer from it.