Problems with vision
After having perfect sight nearly all his life, Emmanouel first began to experience problems with his vision in 2005 and was later diagnosed with keratoconus and dry eye.
On August 13, 2014, Emmanouel underwent cornea transplantation surgery with Dr. Paul Kang of Eye Doctors of Washington and with a full cornea provided by TBI to treat his right eye. The cornea transplant surgery proved to be very successful and it wasn’t before long that Emmanouel began to see the world in a different light.
“I was immediately able to see out of my right eye after the patch was removed. My field of vision was wide and I was able to get my depth perception back…it was like watching a 3-D movie!”
Coming full circle
As a tissue recovery supervisor for WRTC, Emmanouel responsibilities include overseeing the cornea, heart, and internal organ recovery process. It was while undergoing his own cornea transplant surgery that the experience brought him full circle. “Having been on both the recovery and, now, the recipient side…the very moment that they begin to sew on the new cornea really put things into perspective for me. I am still reflecting on it, this is what it feels like to be full circle.”
He hopes to one day write a letter to the donor family to express his sincere gratitude for providing such a precious gift.