Dr. Mary Dudley, a former forensic pathologist and Chief Medical Examiner in Kansas City, Missouri, tirelessly supported organ donation. So much so, that she began a donation referral program in her office, which won the National Association of Counties Award in 2001.
In 2002, Mary experienced retinal tears in both eyes and began a 10 year long battle with her sight. The retinal tear in Mary’s left eye deteriorated faster than her right eye, leading to complete retinal detachment and a total loss of vision. Mary received a generous cornea donation and underwent corneal transplantation surgery in 2012. Her surgery was a success and and she has since gained limited vision in her left eye, allowing her to have peripheral vision and an increased depth perception.
“For all the years I supported donation, I never thought that I would be a recipient of a corneal donation,” said Mary. Mary is grateful for her donor family’s selfless gift of sight. She now enjoys retirement and continues to support organ, eye, and tissue donation.