Amit Patel lost his sight in 2012 after being diagnosed with Keratoconus, a condition where, according to the National Keratoconus Foundation, “the normally round dome-shaped cornea progressively thins causing a cone-like bulge to develop.”
He’s had eight cornea transplants, but unfortunately his body rejected them. Now he’s travelling around London where he lives with his wife Seema and son, with the help of his guide dog Kika.
He strapped a GoPro to Kika to show what he and his guide dog have to deal with on a daily basis.
Unfortunately, a lot of people are jerks.
“They have loads of space to get past, but they seem to think it is fun to barge into a blind person,” he told the Daily Mail. “Kika always sits to my left hand side so we often block the escalator and people will hit her with bags and umbrellas to get her to move out of the way. The worst part is the tutting and negative comments behind me. People are so rude and arrogant and assume they can do whatever they want.”
When Amit returns home, his wife Seema reviews the footage and posts it to Twitter via @Kika_GuideDog, who has almost 3,500 followers and counting!
But not everyone is a jerk!
“I got off at the wrong station and Kika got lost,” Patel told Mashable. “A guy saw me from the distance and walked over to me, touched me on the shoulder, and asked if I needed help. He took me all the way to the right one.”
Kika is almost always on duty, but everyone deserves a holiday!