TEARS of joy stream down Joyce Urch's cheeks as she slowly turns the pages of the photo album.
Her friends and relatives smile out from the pictures, bringing back wonderful memories of 25 years of birthdays, weddings and Christmas celebrations.
Despite being at each happy occasion, this is the first time Joyce has seen the family fun.
The mother of four and grandmother of 14, has been blind for a quarter of a century.
But, incredibly, 74-year-old Joyce, from Coventry, regained her sight after suffering a heart attack in September 2004.
Baffled doctors, unable to explain the phenomenon, have called it a "miracle" - but Joyce has her own explanation.
"I believe I died and came back," she says. "I can see everything perfectly, it's as though I'm living a fairytale.
"I've never smiled so much in my whole life."
Joyce only discovered her eyesight was failing when she broke her glasses during a holiday to the Isle of Wight with husband Eric in 1979.
Eric, 77, says: "Once we got home I took Joyce to the optician to get her glasses fixed. He gave her an eye test and afterwards he asked me: 'Do you realise your wife is going blind?'
"I was really angry because she'd had her eyes tested not long before and they hadn't found anything wrong, apart from glaucoma which she was receiving treatment for."
A private examination confirmed the diagnosis. As two of Joyce's aunts and her grandmother were blind, it was thought to be a hereditary disorder. Joyce says: "I was very upset when they told me I was going to go blind. I wanted to cry."
Soon, she was living in a world of darkness.
She continues: "Going blind was frightening. Your life changes completely and you lose independence.
"But I kept telling myself there was no use being miserable.
"At least I still had my hands, my ears and my body. I used to say that at least I've been able to see in the past, at least I wasn't blind from birth and I'd seen my children grow up.
"But I was sad at not being able to see my grandchildren."
All she could do was touch their faces and imagine what they looked like. Joyce says: "I would hold my baby grandchildren, touch their faces, stroke their hair and hold their hands. But I longed to see them."
Her children Carol, 46, David, 58, Ian, 42, and Tyrone, 41, were equally devastated.
Carol says: "I was crying for weeks when she went blind. The whole family was sad but we had to accept it and we tried to make sure she didn't miss out on anything."
There were humiliating moments though. One day Carol found her two-year-old daughter "painting" Joyce. Carol says: "I was ironing and Mum was sitting in her chair while Bethany did some colouring in with her felt tip pens.
"A few minutes later Mum asked me what Bethany was doing and I looked up to see she had ink all over her arms and face. I was washing it off for the rest of the day."
Every year a gladioli flower grew in their garden and Eric would pick it and put it in a vase for Joyce.
She says: "I could imagine the deep red colour of the petals when he described it but things like that made me sad because I knew I'd never see a flower, or anything else, ever again."
But a dash to Coventry's Walsgrave Hospital in September 2004 with chest pains changed her life for ever.
Eric says: "She'd had a heart attack. Within two days she'd got septicaemia and a serious bladder infection. Then she had another heart attack and finally her kidneys failed.
"They told us they didn't want to resuscitate her if she had another attack and, after the whole family talked about it, we agreed.
"I was so sad, so desperate for her to come back to us. I was pacing the floor."
But two days later Joyce tried to speak. Carol says: "I was alone with her and she suddenly touched my hand and opened her eyes.
"She said: 'Carol I'm back and I can see!'"
Stunned, Carol phoned Eric, who thought she was calling to say Joyce had died.
Eric says: "I was so frightened of what Carol was going to say I couldn't take it in. I just rushed to the hospital as fast as I could.
"When I arrived, there she was sitting up in bed saying: 'This is the best day of my life.'
"She kept saying: 'I can see! I can see!'"
Eric found it hard to believe, until she proved it. "I asked Joyce 'If you can really see, what colour is my pullover?' She said grey," he explains. "I was amazed because she was right. Then she told me what colour my trousers were, and my shirt."
When Eric drew closer to her, Joyce remembers being surprised at how much older he looked.
She says: "I told him, 'Oh, you've got wrinkles on your face. Aren't you getting old! But it's alright, I must have them, too. I don't care because we can be together and just love each other.'"
The consultant cardiologist, Dr Been, could not explain how her sight came back and called it a "miracle".
Tests confirm her sight has returned - but nobody can explain why.
Joyce says: "I believe I died and came back. I had visions of myself flying around Abergavenny in Wales, where Eric used to take me. His dad was sitting on one side of the road and mine was sitting on the other, and he said to me: 'Get back, get back.'
"Then I woke up with a start and I could see again."
Joyce recalls: "Later that day Eric brought me the gladioli flower from our garden. I looked at it and it was bright red. I was so happy."
She left hospital at the end of October, in time for her 72nd birthday.
She says: "I saw my grandchildren for the first time. I can't tell you how amazing it felt to see their smiling faces. I kept asking their names because I didn't know who they all were. But I recognised them from their voices as soon as they spoke."
Now every day fills Joyce with joy. "I love seeing the deep green grass and the different shades of leaves on the trees in my garden.
"And I love seeing the beautiful clothes in the shops."
In January this year 88 members of the family gathered to celebrate Joyce and Eric's golden wedding anniversary with a surprise party at a local hotel.
She says: "Carol took me out shopping and I spent ages picking a lovely pair of shoes. Then I got my hair done and suddenly there was a limousine outside our house.
"When we walked in to the hotel they played Congratulations and I saw all my family. It was one of the happiest moments of my life."
Now she's planning holidays and a trip to the zoo - but most of all she enjoys seeing her loved ones.
Carol says: "Whenever I come to visit her, she's looking out of the window and waving. She has such a lust for life and it's because she appreciates the world around her more than ever."
Joyce says: "I've got my independence and my happiness back. I want to tell the world how lucky I am."
When I saw Eric I said: "Oh, look at your wrinkles, aren't you getting old"