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Videos can use content-based copyright law contains reasonable use Fair Use (). BLIND doctor Amit Patel was adamant that he did not want a guide dog after losing his vision overnight – but then he met Kika.  The kind-hearted labrador changed his life ­forever — and if he had to choose between the dog or getting his eyesight back, there is no question which one he would pick.  Amit says: “The one question I often get asked is, ‘If there was a miracle cure to get your sight back, would you go for it?’  “The answer is no. One, because my wife and I have never been this strong.  “And two, because I wouldn’t have the amazing Kika in my life.”  Amit was 33 when he lost his sight completely.  As a medical student, he had been ­diagnosed with the eye condition ­keratoconus, which affects the shape of the cornea.  Over the years he underwent ­several cornea transplants to correct his vision.  But it was not enough — and when blood vessels at the back of his eyes burst in November 2013, he was left blind.  Amit, from Greenwich, South East London, had to give up the job he loved as an A&E doctor at a busy hospital in the capital. ‘I WAS IN MOURNING FOR THE PERSON I ONCE WAS’  Suddenly he could not do even the simplest of tasks on his own and was in unimaginable pain.  Recalling the darkness closing in, he said: “The despair I felt was unfathomable.  “For the next six months, I shut down ­completely, mourning for the person I’d once been, and for all the ambitions I would not now achieve.”  When a guide dog was suggested, Amit was initially adamant that he did not want one.  Amit, now 40, recalls: “I just said, ‘I can barely look after myself, let alone a dog.’  “I wanted to get back on my feet and didn’t want any ­distractions.”  But since white labrador Kika, now six, came to live with him in 2015, his life has been transformed.  Now Amit has written a book, Kika & Me, about their ­incredible bond.  Amit says: “She came into my life at a time when I needed comfort.  “I needed that positive confirmation that things would be OK.  “She is a life-changer and a lifesaver.”  Self-confessed control freak Amit had to be cajoled into getting a dog by his 36-year-old wife Seema.  He says: “I  had reservations. I thought, ‘Can I leave the house every single day and have a dog bring me back safely? What if they see a squirrel and make a run for it? Can I really trust a dog?’ ”  But then he was matched with Kika — a highly intelligent, super-confident ball of energy — and their union felt like fate.  Amit said: “She was born two weeks before I lost my sight.  “I think she was born purely to come to me.”  Kika instantly proved herself to be vital to Amit, who learned to put his trust in his canine companion.  He recalls: “The game-changer for me was when she stopped me from walking into a flooded bathroom during

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