Keeping the goal in sight: Anthony’s Story

Jaime and Tobey Diaz were overjoyed as they welcomed healthy baby Anthony into the world. From day one, they wanted the best for their son, imagining his future as a smart, strong young man. But when Anthony was about two weeks old, his parents noticed a white spot on his eye. At only one month of age, he began visiting the eye doctor regularly so the spot could be monitored.

For the next several years, Anthony’s condition was treated with glasses, an eye patch and eye exercises. But as he grew into an active boy, Anthony began tripping, walking into objects and repeatedly saying he could not see.

The doctor told Anthony’s parents the spot was blocking light from passing through his pupil, and he would need a new cornea from a donor to avoid losing all sight in that eye. His parents were confident that a transplant was the best option for Anthony to live a normal life. A generous donor would make their hopes for their child possible.

With his new cornea, Anthony can focus better and see further distances, and he is steadier on his feet. He has taken up baseball, soccer and swimming and can finally see the boards at his classroom well. Anthony’s parents are thankful to see their dreams for him realized. “Every baseball game, every swim meet, every “A” at school, every holiday and every year on the anniversary of the transplant, we think of the donor and his family who will forever be in our hearts.”

*Story provided by the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Get the facts on organ, eye and tissue donation and register as a donor today. Visit www.donatemaryland.org.

HOW CAN I BECOME AN ORGAN, EYE AND TISSUE DONOR?

  • Register as an organ, eye and tissue donor with your state donor registry.  To find out how, visit http://www.donatelifemaryland.org.  For information in Spanish, visit www.donevida.org.
  • Once you have decided and registered your decision to become a donor, it is important to share your decision with your family so that they know and understand your wishes.

Con la meta a la vista

Jaime y Tobey Díaz estaban rebosantes de alegría cuando le dieron la bienvenida al mundo a su saludable bebé Anthony. Desde el primer día querían lo mejor para su bebé, imaginando su futuro como un joven inteligente y fuerte. Pero cuando Anthony tenía cerca de 2 semanas de nacido, sus padres notaron una mancha blanca en su ojo. Tan sólo al mes de nacido, empezó a ir al oftalmólogo para que le vigilaran la mancha.

En los años siguientes, la afección de Anthony se trató con anteojos, un parche en el ojo y ejercicios para el ojo. Pero a medida que fue creciendo hasta convertirse en un muchacho activo, Anthony empezó a caerse, a tropezar con objetos y a decir repetidamente que no podía ver.

El doctor les dijo a los padres de Anthony que la mancha estaba bloqueando el paso de la luz a través de su pupila y que necesitaría una córnea nueva de un donante para evitar perder toda la visión de ese ojo. Sus padres estaban confiados en que el trasplante era la mejor opción de Anthony para vivir una vida activa y normal. Un donante generoso haría que sus esperanzas para su hijo fueran posibles.

Con su nueva córnea, Anthony puede enfocar mejor su visión y ver a larga distancia, además de tener más balance. Se ha inscrito en béisbol, soccer y natación y finalmente puede ver bien los tableros en su escuela. Los padres de Anthony están agradecidos de ver sus sueños realizados para su hijo. “Cada juego de béisbol, cada competencia de natación, cada “A” en la escuela, cada día feriado y cada año del aniversario del trasplante, pensamos en el donante y en su familia que siempre estarán en nuestros corazones”. 

*Suministrado por Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation

¿QUÉ PUEDE HACER?

Obtenga información sobre la donación de órganos y tejidos. Visite la página de Internet en español www.donevida.org.

¿CÓMO PUEDO CONVERTIRME EN DONANTE DE ÓRGANOS Y TEJIDOS?

  • Inscríbase come donante en el registro de donantes en su estado. Visite www.donevida.org.
  • Después de haber decidido y documentado su deseo de ser un donante de órganos y tejidos, es importante que comunique su decisión a su familia. 
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About Lauren

Lauren Muskauski is the communications associate at The Living Legacy Foundation. She heads up many community outreach initiatives and projects, with a focus on middle school, high school and college outreach. She also manages The LLF’s and Donate Life Maryland’s presence on social networking sites, such as Twitter and Facebook. Lauren’s commitment to donation started early when she registered as an organ, eye and tissue donor at the MVA upon receiving her first drivers’ license, but was then reinforced a few years later when her father passed away while waiting for a liver transplant. Now, she continues to be inspired on a daily basis by the generosity of donors and their families, as well as the gratitude exhibited by every recipient she meets.
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