Love really is blind.
A Big Apple man left unable to see after being stabbed in the eye has revealed how he found his soulmate in the aftermath of the horrific attack.
The New York native — identified only as “K” for privacy reasons — was reportedly the victim of random subway robbery in January 2020, with the assailant gouging out his left eye with a screwdriver.
K, who was 33 at the time he was blinded, shared his story with Humans of New York on Wednesday, and the gut-wrenching recount has already been read by more than 700,000 people as of Thursday morning.
“When I woke up I couldn’t see. It’s like: why can’t I see? Eyes open, eyes closed. It’s the same thing. And I can’t move,” K recalled of the moment he regained consciousness after the assault.
He disturbingly added that he was handcuffed to his hospital bed when he awoke, even though he had been the victim of an attack.
“Even today it bothers me. Why did they put me in handcuffs? I’m the one who got robbed. I’m the one who got stabbed in the eye. Why was I shackled up like a prisoner of war? I never got an answer for that. I’ve asked myself a million times, what if hadn’t been in cuffs?”
K was eventually released from the hospital, optimistic that his vision would eventually return. (He’s not the first to be attacked with a screwdriver on the NYC subway: A tourist from Ecuador was stabbed in May on a 2 train, and a transgender woman was attacked with the tool-turned-weapon the following month on the A train.)
But the New Yorker began a downward spiral when doctors told him that his optic nerve was severed and that he would likely never see again. K — who has been forced to move back into his family home — began drinking heavily.
“I felt dead, worse than dead,” he candidly confessed in a follow-up post. “For awhile I thought: Maybe I’m in hell. Is this how hell is? Cause I’m up. I’m walking around. But it’s pitch black. And there’s fire all around me. It was the pandemic, so it felt like the world was on fire.”
K said he’s unsure whether his attacker was apprehended or went free due to overcrowding in prisons amid the COVID-19 outbreak — but also admits he wasn’t thinking clearly at the time. The Post has reached out to the NYPD for comment.
Four months after the attack, K had hit rock bottom, regularly crying and refusing to leave his home. At that point, his sister suggested he call an old co-worker named Melissa. The proposal turned his life around.
The pair, who had worked together at a Brooklyn steakhouse years earlier, began speaking daily over the phone, reminiscing for hours at a time about the times they spent together. Then, on May 1st, they decided to meet up in person and their connection was clearly evident, even though K was unable to physically Melissa.
“May 1st was like a movie, a comedy about a blind guy,” he recalled in another installent of his survival story. “You know how you imagine things when you’re reading a book? Well I could see her… That was May 1st. It’s the day like love. May 1st is like love.”
K and Melissa quickly became an official couple, despite the difficulties K’s condition. The pair have now been together for almost 18 months, with K confessing to Humans Of New York that he still sometimes fears his ladylove will leave him.
“There are times when she wants to talk about the future. Credit scores and stuff like that. She’ll say: ‘I’m in school for nursing, what are you going to do?’ And I’ll feel intimidated, real quick. I’ll feel like she’s gonna meet a doctor and leave me,” K stated.
Fearing another attack, K has too scared to leave his home. But, aided by Melissa’s love, he has now resolved to start venturing out around his neighborhood again.
“If I’m not moving, that means I died on that day [of the attack]. I died on January 14th. I died at 33. And there has to be more. I want to see more than this. I don’t even know what I want to see, but something more than this. The world, life. I want to see life,” K emotionally wrote.
“Step one is I’m blind… Step two is a whole new life. And it’s time to start walking.”
Humans of New York, started by photographer Brandon Stanton more than a decade ago, has become a social media phenomenon. The project’s Instagram account boasts more than 11 million followers.
Last year, Stanton revealed that he had taken the project global, and was releasing a new photo book filled with stories of interesting people from around the world.
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe launched to days ago to help K “get back on his feet,” has generated nearly $620,000 in donations as of this report.