Giving and Receiving the Gift of Sight
Giving & Recieving the Gift of Sight • Awareness Activities & Tools • Materials
Words from Recipients
“… It has been an amazing experience. It has been nine months since my failing cornea was removed and my new cornea was grafted into place. I have not even had to take an aspirin.
For a man of 46 years of age, with a wife, a six-year-old daughter and a three-year-old son, the donation of your relative’s cornea has given me a new lease on vision and life. I will forever be thankful and grateful to you for allowing this to occur. Please know that in some small way your relative continues to live on in an active, productive and very happy way.”
“… I’m looking forward to being able to do so many things that I haven’t been able to do for a long time, like sewing and driving a car again. Those who donate their organs and the family of those donors are vey special people.
So just saying thank you does not seem adequate for such a wonderful gift. But for the rest of my life, I will be saying thank you every night when I close my eyes and then again when I open them in the morning…”
Words from Donor Families
“We lost our only son, one of the greatest joys in our lives. We will miss him greatly and nothing can bring him back to us or replace our loss… but we will continue to derive strength and solace from the decision to donate his organs and eyes.”
“In a situation where everything else seemed out of control, when all we could feel was victimization and despair, the decision to donate organs was our first opportunity to bring some order out of chaos. By refusing to let death be a final comment on David’s life, the decision to donate showed us that an ending can also be a beginning.”
“Our daughter was a very positive person. She would have wanted us to do something positive. She had already given blood. For us, donating her organs was a very natural decision to make.
“In my time of such deep sorrow, it gives me great pleasure to know that part of him still lives and to know that he is still giving, just as he did in life.”