We Support: Donate Life
Transplantation is one of the most remarkable success stories in the history of medicine. But despite continuing advances in medicine and technology, the need for organs and tissue is vastly greater than the number available for transplantation. Transplantation gives hope to thousands of people with organ failure and provides many others with active and renewed lives. At the Eye Clinic Surgicenter we’re proud supporters of the Donate Life Cornea Project.
Cornea donation is necessary for the preservation and restoration of sight. That’s because the cornea is the clear dome-like window covering the front of the eye that allows the light to pass through to the retina, which enables us to see.
In case of cornea donation, for which most deceased individuals are potential donors, an eye bank receives a call from a hospital, an organ recovery agency or another federally designated third party that an individual has died and has met preliminary criteria for donation. and their mission. Currently, nearly 124,000 men, women and children are awaiting organ transplants in the United States. With your help, more than 47,000 corneas were transplanted in 2013.
This heart-warming story filmed in Charlotte recalls the fatal accident that took the life of NFL wide-receiver Chris Henry and the “gift of life” that followed for the four people that received his organs. It provides a succinct overview of the donation and transplantation process and Chris’ mother describes the decision that families must make if their loved one is not a registered donor.
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