Makisha's transplant helped her reconnect with her daughters.
As a child, Makisha Odom was diagnosed with sarcoidosis of the eye, which can lead to corneal scarring and blindness over time. She lived with the condition into adulthood, until she was forced to put her life on hold as everyday tasks became insurmountable.
Sarcoidosis robbed Makisha of her sense of independence — and her ability to drive a car, pursue her dream of becoming a teacher, and participate fully in her three daughters' lives. She felt hopeless and braced herself as complete vision loss became a real possibility.
Makisha met with Florida ophthalmologist Dr. Miguel Lugo, who recommended corneal transplantation. After the procedure and a full recovery, Makisha reconnected with her daughters and with the beautiful details of the world, marveling at rainbows and butterflies, her daughters' smiles — everything.
- Can affect almost any organ
- Inflammatory cells grow and inhibit organ function
- The cause is unknown, but doctors suspect:
- Exposure to chemicals
Today, she encourages others to never take their eyesight for granted. She also recognizes that she would not have gotten her life back without the generosity of those who donated to KeraLink International's Southeast location. "To think that this is all possible due to two people I will never meet is overwhelming," Makisha says. "I am so grateful. This has truly changed our lives."
1. Sarcoidosis: symptoms and causes. Mayo Clinic website. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sarcoidosis/symptoms-causes/dxc-20177970. Accessed September 14, 2016.