A Letter to My Donor

A tribute from: Patrick Pruitt

My name is Patrick Pruitt and I am seven years old. When I was 5 years old, I had an infection in my left eye that made my eye blurry. My eye continued to get worse until I could only see big shapes and bright colors. My doctor, Dr. Sugar, said he could do a cornea transplant. He said it could help me see better.

Last October, I had surgery on my eye. I remember having to wait a long time before the surgery. I was a little nervous, but not scared. I knew I wouldn’t be able to feel it and it wouldn’t hurt. After the operation, I remember not being able to open my eyes, because it would hurt. I had a patch over my left eye. Dr. Sugar said I could go home that night. I got to ride to the car in a wheelchair. The next couple of days I just laid on the couch.

My eye slowly started getting better. I was able to go back to school in a week. I had to take a lot of yucky eye drops. It hurt a little when I got my stitches out. Now I can see pretty well.

It’s because of people like you that I can now see better. Thank you very much for your help. Now I can read with both eyes, play T Ball and I even got to see my mom pull my first loose tooth this week.

Thank you to my donor.