Barmaid swaps false eye for sparkling goldeneye after cruel punters’ comments

A former barmaid has hit back at trolls who mocked her glass eye, by having a golden one fitted.

Danni Winrow was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare type of eye cancer that usually affects young children, when she was just six-months-old and subsequently had her right eye removed.

The 25-year-old has since worn a prosthetic eye and has endured bullying for as long as she can remember over "looking different" – with classmates singling her out over her 'bog eye'.

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But despite the "constant" torment from schoolmates, Danni says the most heartless comments came from grown men while she was working as a bar manager.

Danni said: "I'd get comments like 'are you looking at me or are you looking at the person behind me?'

"One guy gave me a £20 tip to 'go and fix my dead eye'. So I kept the money and kicked them out".

After years of lacking self-confidence, the civil servant now embraces her uniqueness by wearing a custom-made £162 bright gold sparkly eye, feels content seeing her reflection and is 'living her best life'.

Danni, of Liverpool, Merseyside, said: "Now I take it [the prosthetic eye] out all the time and wear the gold one constantly because I don't care what people think.

"I definitely show off my gold eye.

"It just felt like a weight off my shoulders because that's what I wanted – I wanted to be happy and feel good in myself.

"When I look in the mirror now I feel a lot better, more comfortable and settled.

"I don't hate the way I look anymore."

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Danni had the classic symptoms of retinoblastoma as a baby – including a glow in her right eye and a distinctive squint, which is shown in some of her baby photos.

She said: "My mum kept taking me to the doctors because I kept crying and she knew there was something wrong but the doctors kept saying 'no, she's fine. She's just a baby'."

But her mum was convinced there was something wrong and insisted on a second opinion.

An optometrist diagnosed Danni’s condition, and she was rushed in for surgery to remove her eye. Danni said if it hadn’t been caught when it was she “probably would have been dead within a week”.

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Danni used to have prosthetic eyes made that were as close as possible in colour to her other eye, but as she has a hazel one that turned greener, it became difficult to find a match.

She found a woman on Instagram creating videos about removing her prosthetic eye, who set up a day where around 20 others who have gone through similar ordeals to meet up.

After the event, Danni booked an appointment to have a gold eye fitted in November and she received it this February.

She chose to have a gold eye made because she wears a lot of gold make-up and the colour tends to bring out the green in her other eye.

Danni said: "Everyone was happy for me and all my friends were made up because they've obviously known about it for years and thought I should be more confident about it.

"So my boyfriend, mum and dad, they were all obviously happy that I was now happy with embracing it".


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