Long hours studying by candlelight for the state teacher's exam results in tired, blurry eyes for Mary Ingalls, prompting a routine visit to the eye doctor; but when Charles is told that Mary's worsening sight is just the beginning of a much more serious problem, the concerned father can't bring himself to tell his beloved daughter that she will, most certainly, soon be completely blind. Written by
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Mary Amelia Ingalls (January 10, 1865 - October 20, 1928) had an illness at the age of 14 that was thought to be scarlet fever. However, based on firsthand accounts, school registries, newspaper reports of Mary's illness as well as epidemiological data on blindness and infectious diseases, a 2013 study published in the journal of Pediatrics concluded that it was viral meningoencephalitis that caused Mary's blindness. See more
Charles calls Lars Hanson "Carl" when greeting him at the mill. See more
Mary Ingalls Kendall
[the tragic moment, when Mary Ingalls awakens to discover she has lost her sight
Help me, Pa! HELP ME! Pa, I can't SEE! Hold me! It's dark! I'm scared, Pa! Hold me! It's too dark! I can't breathe!