Here are some stories from previous Corneal Transplant recipients.  

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December 24, 1997
To the Family I can never know,
The Family I will never forget!
Today is Christmas Eve and the first day of Chanukah, the Festival of Lights. How fitting that I have received the best present I could ever wish for: the gift of sight. To see the candles burning bright and the smiles on my children's faces. For your selfless kindness, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
To lose a loved one at this special time of year is especially painful. I am very sorry for your loss. I am not allowed to know anything about your relative, but I want you to know that their generosity of spirit lives on. I hope that knowing their passing has helped another can in a small way ease the hurt of the loss you have endured.
The operation was a success. Even after two weeks, I can already see better than I could before, I can't wait for further improvements!
I am a physician, as well as a patient. Seeing more clearly will hopefully allow me to better care for my patients, perhaps help me diagnose and help someone that I might otherwise have missed.
If you can be in contact with the doctors and nurses that discussed saving your loved one's eyes for the transplant and arranged all of this, I would appreciate your showing them this letter. I have two reasons for this. Firstly, I want to thank them personally for going the extra mile in their work. All too often, we in the medical profession neglect this, the last part of our duty to our patients and their families. Secondly, I hope this can serve as an example of how important it is to talk with patients and their families about filling in donor cards and the possibilities of helping others. In spite of what are trying times for patients and especially their families, this is a part of our responsibility as health care professionals, to our communities.
Please accept my heartfelt thanks as I look forward to the future.
I remain sincerely yours,
A grateful patient.

 

 


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