Donated Tissue Helps a Teacher See Again

Graduating a semester early from Tulane University, 22-year-old Alexandra excitedly accepted a second-grade teaching position in New York City. On the third day of her new job, however, Alex woke up with red, irritated eyes. It was the beginning of a terrifying month. After visiting a specialist, Alex learned that both of her corneas were deeply scratched and had developed bacterial infections that required urgent medical attention. With her eyesight deteriorating, Alex visited Wills Eye Hospital for a second opinion. She learned her best option was a corneal transplant and decided to move forward with it. The decision paid off: Her surgeon was able to clear the infection, saving her eyesight. “I look at the world with a new sense of gratitude,” Alex says. “I am just so grateful for the person who gave me my sight back and changed my life for the better.”

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