Blinded at 47 - then came an unusual job offer

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Blinded at 47 - then came an unusual job offer

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Overnight, Bernard Chew discovered what it was like to be blind. Then 47, he'd been a drama teacher, triathlete, national dragon boater - then his retinas came detached, and his world went completely dark. 

Struggling at first with suicidal depression, he fought to get back on his feet again. But what jobs could a blind person do? At the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped, he discovered that the options were limited - to telemarketing and massage therapy - until one day, a company called Firmenich approached with an unexpected job opportunity.

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