Liz Dunn was only 17 when she first met George Hooker. They were both in college. When he saw her, he was immediately smitten although it took him awhile to get up the courage to talk to her. When he finally did, it would end up starting not just a great relationship but a very surprising and — over the course of some years — powerful odyssey.
At 19 Liz realized that university wasn’t for her and she enlisted in the Marines. George only received a few letters from her before she announced that she had met someone else. And with that, a pure, simple early love came to an end. Or so it seemed for over a decade.
The person Liz got involved with became her husband and father of her daughter Sarah. They lived near Houston, Texas, and Sarah went from a baby to a charming three-year-old. When Liz was pregnant for the second time, though, the marriage broke down. The father left Liz with their little girl and an unborn child. This might sound tough, but the adversity Liz would face had only just begun.
Liz wasn’t just pregnant with one child: she was carrying triplets. She was going to have raise four kids by herself. Then in the 23rd week, her water broke. They managed to delay the birth a few days but finally three tiny girls were delivered by C-section: Emma, Sophie, and Zoe.
Each just weighed around a single pound. Because they were so premature, their sight ended up being permanently compromised. In fact, all three girls would go completely blind.
During their long hospital stay, they were also put on antibiotics to deal with another of the complications but this led to hearing loss. By the age of two, the triplets would also be totally deaf. Liz’s girls held the distinction of being the only known triplets to be both blind and deaf. Silence. And then darkness.
Take a look at this moving and incredibly informative documentary, “Through Your Eyes,” about the Hookers and other families who deal with childhood blindness:
What a love story. The rare strength and dedication that Liz has shown as her children’s biological mother is already inspiring. And add to that, George, who came into this struggle to be with her, by choice.
They both worry that they’re never doing enough for their girls but as anyone can see with an outside perspective, they’re doing a tremendous job. The love and devotion they demonstrate just by being who they are in the face of such challenges is inspirational!