An eye surgeon, Dr. David Vroman of North Charleston, recently performed an intricate partial human tissue transplant of my cornea called DMEK. In this process, the cornea was split and a layer of human donor tissue was substituted for my diseased tissue. Four weeks later, 20/50 vision became 20/20 -- a miracle.
Vroman must be a "surgician" (half surgeon, half magician).
My purpose isn't to praise Vroman. The point is my "surgician" is powerless to perform without the donated organ. But for a donor, I would have continued to go progressively blind. I don't know the name of the donor who gave me back my sight, but I am eternally grateful.
As an aging organ donor myself, I wonder if any of my old parts will be useful to others. I'll probably never know, and yet, maybe I will. Hopefully, my donor is in heaven basking in the gratitude that I feel for his or her magnificent donation. I know what sight means to me, and I also know what a donated kidney means to a friend who lives a good life because of an organ donor.
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Please check your driver's license and see if it has a red heart on it , signifying that you are an organ donor. If you are, thank you. If you are not, please become an organ donor. A simple election at the time of a driver's license renewal will suffice.
I see well because of my organ donor, my "surgician" and my God.
Hilton Head Island