James Owen, 17, has suffered from degenerative Stargardt disease since the age of eight. A disease characterized by progressive loss of vision. “If I could give him my eyes, swap them with his, I would do it tomorrow, of course,” said the former Liverpool player, Ballon d'Or winner in 2001, in a BBC podcast. “I would give everything I have, every last penny so that James could see again.”
James explains that his vision is “blurry” and that he has difficulty seeing different colors and lights, but that he maintains good peripheral vision. He who had dreamed of following in the footsteps of his footballer father and his grandfather Terry, who wore the colors of Everton, a rival club of the Reds. However, during the matches, James Owen began to feel the first symptoms of his illness: difficulty following the ball and the movements of his teammates.
“In the future, will he be able to drive? Will he be able to work? All these things go through your mind, his father said. But he is very strong mentally, continued Michael Owen, aged 44. I have four children and I am probably the one who worries the least about James' future.