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Fighting for Sight: cornea transplant part two

by Danielle Wagner

TRIPOLI (KWWL) -- Playing, talking and walking. Besides a protective patch, you'd never know toddler Grace Mowatt had major eye surgery.

"The eye is looking great. She's recovering very well. her cornea looks exceptionally clear. I think it's beautiful," said mom Leslie Mowatt.

In September, Grace underwent her second cornea transplant at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Two surgeons: one for the retina and one for the cornea operated on her right eye for three hours. She has 24 stitches in her eye. There's always a risk of infection and a risk of rejection.

"She has one very good functioning eye and another that has very good possibilities. We have really high hopes," said Leslie Mowatt.

In another couple weeks, doctors will start removing Grace's stitches.

The goal is for her to see fully without any corrective lenses. For now, she's content to play with her big sister Elise and her new dog Lola.

Leslie and Bruce Mowatt hope Grace's story encourages people to at least think about organ donation.

"We think of our donors everyday, and we're thankful for them. I can't put into words. It's just so important for people to consider helping another life when their life is over," said Leslie Mowatt. 

After all, a donor helped give Grace the gift of a bright future.

Click here to view part one of this story.

Online Reporter: Danielle Wagner
Online Producer: Mike Verlo

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