Methodist Charlton Medical Center Recognized as Top Eye Donor Hospital
The UT Southwestern Medical Center Transplant Services Center, the hospital’s eye bank, has recognized Methodist Charlton as a top donor. Methodist Charlton has been among the eye bank’s top 20 donor hospitals for eight of the past 10 years.
“Methodist Charlton is proud to be a part of the process to help provide eye tissue for sight saving cornea transplants,” says Methodist Charlton Chief Nursing Officer Fran Laukaitis, RN, MHA. “The real heroes, however, are the donor families who hopefully receive peace knowing that their loved one’s legacy lives on through someone else.”
Donor recipient Stephanie Arnett was present for the presentation to Methodist Charlton staff. Arnett described her vision prior to the cornea transplant as “looking at life through a dirty windshield.” She said the difference after the transplant was “amazing.” During the past 10 years, Methodist Charlton has helped facilitate 132 ocular donations, which provided 152 corneas for transplantation and 146 ocular grafts for vision preservation procedures.
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