LIRR conductor hopeful can work after eye surgery

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A woman who suffered vision loss from a brain tumor had successful surgery to restore her sight and can now apply for her dream job — a conductor with the Long Island Rail Road.

Newsday reports ( ) that Shantese Wilkinson was unable to work for the railroad because of vision requirements. She had struggled with eye problems and was nearly blind in her right eye.

Shortly before the 23-year-old graduated from SUNY Old Westbury in the spring of 2012, she saw a specialist who removed a large tumor pushing against her brain that constricted her optic nerve. Now her vision is essentially normal.

She sent her resume to the LIRR in May, and graduated to be an assistant conductor on Nov. 26.

She said she is grateful for the opportunity.


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