After serving in Vietnam for five months and 19 days, Specialist Paul Procida returned to the United States completely blind in both eyes. He was awarded two Purple Heart Medals—a U.S. Military decoration awarded in the name of the President to those wounded or killed while serving in the military—but the battle was far from over.
Initially, after a year of perseverance and several eye surgeries, some of Specialist Procida’s vision slowly returned. “It wasn’t the best, but it was good enough that I could go on with my life,” he explains.
Forty-seven years later, however, Specialist Procida’s vision began to worsen. It was decided that the best course of action was to move forward with corneal transplant surgery in both eyes.
“I am grateful for my donor family and I am so sorry for their loss,” says Specialist Procida.