Thanks to the generosity of anonymous donors, transplant recipients are able to receive the gift of sight.Some of these stories are below. If you are a local cornea recipient who would like to share your story, please contact the San Antonio Eye Bank at 210-614-1209.
Daniel – Living a Transformed Life
After graduating from high school, and later college, the disease began to take a toll on my eyesight. By 2005, the disease had deformed my right cornea to the point where I was legally blind in my right eye. I was still able to play a little bit of basketball, but I had lost the love of the game because I could no longer see the basket clearly from the three point line.
I began to become depressed at my loss of vision and started overeating and not taking care of my health. Everything climaxed in January of 2007, when in the middle of a presentation at work, my right cornea ruptured and my eye swelled to the point where you could not see the blue color in my eye.
Three months later I received a life changing gift, a cornea transplant. I learned that my cornea transplant came from a young woman, and not a day goes by where I do not thank her and her family for that gift.
Since my transplant I have been blessed and transformed in every aspect of life. After my transplant I began running, swimming and cycling and have lost over 60 pounds. In addition to training daily I have competed in two Ironman's, three marathons and hope to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Trials Marathon.
My partner, who helped me every day during my traumatic experience with soothing eye drops and medication, is now my beautiful wife. The gift of sight has motivated me to become the best I am capable of becoming in every aspect of life and for that gift I will be forever grateful.
Alejandro – New Vision, New JourneyAlejandro was a sweet and precious baby, but from the beginning we knew something was odd. His eyes seemed to be a blue color and we don’t have anyone in our family that has blue colored eyes. As a baby, he would cry loudly if he was taken out into bright sunlight.
After several doctor’s visits in pre-kindergarden we learned what was wrong. He had been born with CHED disease. It was only a year after he was diagnosed, that we learned that he was quickly going blind and that a transplant was the only option.
At the age of 7, his world changed when he received “the gift of sight” a cornea transplant in his left eye. He has gone from having 20/100 to 20/60 vision.
Our family will be forever grateful for the family that donated the cornea our little boy received. Thanks to their gift he now has the opportunity to see the world and all its beauty.