I had the honor of an impromptu visit from Bocelli a few years back. He was in New York performing and was brought by my office in the course of a behind the scenes tour. Funny, though I knew of his work and stunning range of voice, it had escaped me that he is blind. Regardless, while his companion showed a keen interest in our wormy jars of live bloodsuckers, Mr. Bocelli expressed a revulsion (however mild) that I thought was a bit odd.
Now I get it.
A recent news article reveals that doctors tried to treat Bocelli's congenital blindness with leeches when he was about 12 years old. To no avail of course.
All is explained.