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Ian Wood has been blind since he was five but now remarkably a device is helping him watch footie Image: Peter Powell Get the biggest Liverpool FC stories by email Subscribe We will use your email address only for the purpose of sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights Thank you for subscribingWe have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email For 20 years Ian Wood has roared his beloved Liverpool on from the stands, but never seen any of the action And now Ian is hoping to follow his team all the way to the Madrid Champions League final in June — via a visit to Barcelona for the semi final on the way, next month.
The wireless gizmo is held in place on a ski helmet. But you do miss out. But for me and the amount of vision I have left, it is great. They got chatting about football.
He said yes, so that was the starting point. Rupert spent a year on it, producing a prototype in January Ian first used it when Liverpool played Merseyside rivals Everton. Ian lost all but 10 per cent of his vision after a childhood car crash.
His sight declined further and after years of muscle fatigue — and needing splints on both legs — he was diagnosed with mitochondrial myopathy. Ian raised dough for Remap via the Super Hero Triathlon Read More The progressive genetic disease can cause blindness and his mum, sister and niece also suffer.
Ian had to give up his job at a railway museum but never gave up on Liverpool.
A season-ticket holder since , he made the four-hour round trip from his York home with a chaperone to attend every match. He competes again this August in Windsor, on a m swim, 10km bike ride and a 2.
Ian will use a hand bike for the ride and Rupert has developed an underwater beeping device to guide him in the right direction.