Letter-writer Roger Crowther will forever be grateful to an unknown stranger.

LETTERS: Looking at a ‘miracle’


Do you believe in miracles?

Me? Always been a bit of skeptic.


Do you believe in miracles?

Me? Always been a bit of skeptic. But something miraculous happened to me recently, and I want to share it with you.

Last September, I began going blind in both eyes and, by November, was almost totally without sight.

This happened very suddenly, and it’s an understatement to say I was shocked and full of anxiety.

However, with the assistance of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), my friends, and my family, I began to adjust to my new circumstances.

Slowly some sight returned to one eye.

The staff at the White Rock branch of the Fraser Valley Regional Library were incredibly helpful, too, and set me up with ‘Daisy’, a digital playback device for the visually impaired that allowed me to enjoy audio books.

And my name was added to the list of those awaiting live corneal tissue transplants.

Sometime during the last week of May, a stranger passed away. But they left something very special behind, the donation of their corneas to the Eye Bank of B.C.

On May 29, I received one of the corneas and now have experienced the miracle of my sight being fully restored to my left eye.

Saying a simple ‘thank you’ to this generous stranger and their family hardly seems adequate. I will never know their name or be able to reminisce about their life, but I will forever be grateful.

When I registered to be an organ donor, I never really appreciated the importance of my actions.

But now I know I can bring a miracle to someone else.

Be an organ donor.

Roger Crowther, White Rock



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