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Spotlight on James, 12/06/2010
A Second Chance...The Gift of Sight
Sonia Luster, was killed in a car accident two years ago. She was only sixteen years old at the time of her death. Her mother, Dee, made the decision to honor her daughter's wishes to donate her eyes. Because of this decision...two people were given the gift of sight.
James Spivey received a corneal transplant on September 23, 2008. At the time James was suffering from corneal decomposition, a disease that left him visually impaired for many years. Sonia Luster and the miracle of corneal transplantation would change James' life forever.
Because of a gracious teenager and a courageous mother, James now has the ability to drive again, a job as an airplane mechanic waits for him in Georgia, and the opportunity to live independently is now reality.
Dee and James now keep in touch with each other and they BOTH make every effort to honor Sonia's memory by being eye and organ donation advocates.
With this in mind, we are very proud to honor Sonia, Dee, and James in our spotlight, and wish James the very best that life has to offer. Thank you Dee for all that you do for eye and organ donation and for your dedicated work with The North Carolina Eye Bank.