Accidents can happen any time. One day you can find yourself just simply going back home from a long day from school, and next thing you know, an injury happens that changes your life.
This is a story of an Artificial Eye user from the Philippines who lost one of his eye due to an accident caused by a fishing hook hitting the eye.
One day, he just arrived home after a long day at school, when he was told to fetch his brother for dinner, who was near the river fishing. Just when he saw about to reach his brother, it was also the time when his brother casted the fishing hook, which directly punctured his eye, resulting to it being removed by an Ophthalmologist.
My only regret, as an Artificial Eye Maker, was that I wasn't able to make his Prosthetic Eye in time. Hoping that I could've prevented him from dropping out from school, and saving him from the bullying
Kakauwi ko galing ng school. Pinatawag ni mama si kuya para kumain at ako naman ay dali dali ko siyang hinanap. Kung saan saan ko siya pinuntahan. Hangang sa may nakapag sabi na naroon daw siya sa palaisdaan.
At nung nakita ko siya doon, papalapalit palang sana ako sakanya ay bigla nyang hinagis ang hawak nyang pamingwit at sa di mapaliwanag na dahilan sa mata ko pa tumama ang pamingwit ni kuya kaya dahil dun ay nabulag ang isa kong mata.
Magmula nang mabulag ang isa kong mata ay marami nagbago sa buhay ko. Lagi na akong binubully sa school halos araw araw ako tinutukso.
Kaya naisipan ko nalang huminto ng pag aaral. Magmula noon ay mahiyain na ako at madalang nalang ako lumabas ng bahay.
Isang araw ay pinuntahan ako ng ate ko at sinabihan ako na mayroong gumagawang Artificial Eye. kinabukasan agad naman kame pumunta.
Masaya ako na maganda ang nagiging resulta. Nakakapanibago. Marami din ang nakakapansin sa bago kong mata.
Sa ngayon ay medyo hindi na ako Mahiyain tulad ng dati dahil dito sa Artificial Eye ko.
Sana marami pang matulungan si Doc Mark Paroli ng tulad ko.
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"The good thing was I have my family who supported me all the way that's why I never gave up my studies. I continued dreaming and believing. I am proud that I am a teacher now."
Retinoblastoma is one of the most common reason why Parents with an Infant who have had their eyes removed would contact me for an Artificial Eye. Personally, I feel more pressured when fitting a Child with an Artificial Eye because I'm aware that it will have a big impact in their life, especially socially during their Elementary and High School years. This is also where the importance of Family comes in, and in God's grace, the person in this story has one.
PS: I would like to Congratulate this patient, despite the bullying and other difficulties, she successfully graduated to become a Teacher.
With her outgoing attitude, I'm sure she will go places and will surely be a big part of her Pupil's life. :)
It all happened when I was two years old. I was diagnosed then to have Retinoblastoma (a malignant tumor of the retina that develops during childhood). So the doctors decided to remove my right eye. Since I don't really know the feeling back then my life was still ok. My parents told me that after a year or two they got me an Artificial eye (ready made). My life was still the same but not until I entered elementary.
I only go to school once or twice a week because I suffered from bullying (halata pa rin kasi yung artificial eye dati). My classmates teases me a lot and calls me from different names. That was really the hardest part of my life. I am alone and feels sad everyday. I always feel hopeless and angry with the situation I have. The good thing was I have my family who supported me all the way that's why I never gave up my studies. I continued dreaming and believing. I am proud that I am a teacher now. And recently I found out that there was a doctor named "Mark Paroli" who do prosthetic eye perfectly. So I browsed the internet for some information and that's it! It all started there. And now, all I can say is that its all worth it.
Wearing the "Paroli Made" prosthetic eye boost my confidence. All the people around me (including my pupils) said that "may nagbago kay teacher" So I tell them the story and they were all amazed with it. A big big thanks to Soliman-Paroli Eyecare especially Doc Mark for the new LIFE.
"Yung Artificial eye nakatulong sakin kasi mas lumaki confidence ko. Yung tipong paglabas ko hindi na tukso o lait yong nararanasan ko."
There are times that Acute Blindness happens to someone without any signs and symptoms, especially in the case of Jenifer, user of an Artificial Eye from the Philippines. This is a story of a girl, who one day suddenly lost her vision and was operated last 2013. She received her Artificial Eye last 2014 and had helped her in so many ways, one of them by improving her confidence.
When I was 4 Years old I suffered from typhoid fever. It took 3-4 months in the hospital. In God's grace I recovered. Then when I'm 5 years old my eyes was blind. My mother notice that I'm not playing or move like before. So she lean on me and ask if why did I'm not playing. Then they cry on. more than 1 month my right eye recover but the left was not. when i was in grade 5 akala ko may soar eyes lang ako. sobrang sakit ng mata ko. makati din sya. kaya itinulog ko nalang. hapon kasi nong sumakit yong mata ko.kaya kinabukasan pag gising ko sobrang muta na yong mata ko at masakit pa rin. so we find an opthalmologist. then the opthalmologist notice na parang heart attack daw yong situation ko. na bigla bigla nalang susumpungin. gamot dito. gamot doon. check up dito check up doon. nong okay na hininto na naman ang gamutan. hanggang sa nagcollege na ako. year 2012 exam namin noon ng semifinals pauwi ako sa amin. nang Bigla kong napansin yong paningin ko na yong half ng paningin ko parang may shadow na nalalaglag. so sabi ko nalang sa sarili ko baka inaantok lang ako. mayamaya ilang bahay nalang bago sa amin buong pningin ko na ay ganoon na ang nakikita. kaya pagdating ko sa bahay inopen ko kaagad ang electric fun. nagbihis muna ako then nahiga ako. nakitulong ako sa pinsan ko na nagkukulay. habang nagkululay ako iba na talaga yong paningin ko. blurd na sya. kaya itinulog ko na. paggising ko blurd na sobra. as in black and white na nakikita ko. pinacheck up na namin. at noong time na yon sinabi ng doctor na nahahawaan na pala ng bulag na mata ko yong isa. kaya sabi ng doctor obserbahan daw kung okay na tanggalin nalang yong isa or maggagamot nalang. aug. 2013 nang maoperahan ako. april 2014 nang magkaartificial eye ako.
Having one eye is not so hard. socially, alam naman ngga tao sa paligid mo kung anong nangyari bakit ako nagkaganito(aalugar namin). pero paglabas ko ng lugar namin may parang takot kasi nandyang binubully ako. sinasabihan ng bulag. although nakakakita naman ako di ba? emotionally., napipigil naman yong galit sa mga nambubully. pagnapuno na yong nararamdaman ko iniiyak ko nalang. then yong parents ko sasabihin intindin ko nalang sila. so ayon mamaya okay na pakiramdam ko. sa career nagiging advantage ko sya. bakit? through my situation nakikita ko yong believe ng ibang tao. minsan nga sa math sasabihin nila. ang galing naman. bilis magcompute ah. hirp minsan kasi ako na malabo tapos minsan di ko na napapansin yong mga bagay o tao sa kaliwa ko.
Yung Artificial eye nakatulong sakin kasi mas lumaki confidence ko. Yung tipong paglabas ko hindi na tukso o lait yong nararanasan ko. mahirap nga lang sya sa una kasi nandyang bigla nalang nalalaglag. kahit sa ngayon naman eh . marami nga lang mga tanong yong mga katrabaho.ko bakit daw ako nagkaganito. di daw ba ako hirap.
"I became more socially interactive to all persons who I encounter and it lead to a way to know how God loves me despite of struggling for 16 years."
In most places in the Philippines, Elementary or High School years is like a jungle, and sometimes, it could be very challenging for a Teenager. Those are the years where bullying, name calling, and other kind of childish stuff happen everyday. And it's more challenging for Teenager who grew up with only One Eye.
This is a story of a teenager, who grew up only having one eye, where part of his challenges included having difficulty making eye-to-eye contact, loss of confidence, being teased, and also, having a hard time with his Visual Field, and how an Artificial Eye was able to solve some of his difficulties. You will be surprise how he treated the 16 years of having one eye as a blessing and all the very important lessons it came with it.
"Inborn po siya at nagkaroon po ng failure ang mother ko during her 9 months of pregnancy. Nakainom po siya ng gamot which is restricted sabi ng Doctor niya kaya naapektuhan po ako.
When I was in elementary, hindi naman po ako gaanong bothered sa eye ko kasi hindi pa po ako gaanong conscious sa sarili ko. Normal pa rin naman po yung life ko way back then. Pero as time past by, narealize ko nung elementary ako na natutukso na pala ako ganun at tinatawag na bulag, bulding, or whatever. Sobra po akong na-curious at na-conscious sa sarili ko noon. Hindi ko nga po alam kung paano ko lalabanan to e kasi lahat na ng sakit at pang-aasar naranasan ko noong elementary. Socially, emotionally and physically affected ako dahil sobrang limited lang ng mga friends ko and I can't react the right way sa mga tao kasi nahihiya ako sa sarili ko because I am physically incomplete.
Hanggang sa high school, mas dumami pa ang mga problema ko sa buhay dahil sa mata ko. Natatakot akong humarap sa tao directly, I cannot look them in the eye, I am afraid of selfies, I am shy of taking ID pictures tapos ayaw na ayaw kong nalalait pero hindi ito umiiwas sa akin. Sobrang sakit kasi hindi ka maka-galaw ng tama. High school student na ako yet nahihirapan pa rin ako sa environment ko kasi natutukso pa rin. Yung tipong every move na gagawin mo, maiisip mo na lang na hindi pwede kasi iisa mata ko. Imbis na manguna ka, mahihiya ka kasi iisa ang mata mo.
Although I am trying to be happy as I can, maging energetic lang palagi pero I am still imbalanced because of my case. It helped me to the highest. It completely changed my life positively because I can now do the things I couldn't do, I can do the things that I'm afraid of, I can do the things freely with no fear. The artificial eye became one of my instruments to become a new person physically and emotionally.
It also gained me a boost in energy through my daily living, I became more socially interactive to all persons who I encounter and it leads a way to know how God loves me despite of struggling for 16 years. Hindi man ganun kadali mag-adapt sa pagkakaroon ko ng Artificial eye pero ginawa ko itong madali kasi para sa akin isang napakagandang regalo nito sa aking buhay dahil binigyan ako nito ng sobrang daming pangaral sa buhay. Kahit na hindi ito nakakakita, tinanggap ko pa rin ito ng buong puso dahil para sa ikabubuti ko rin naman ito. Walang ikasasama ito sa aking buhay, maganda at makulay ang naibigay ng Artificial Eye para sa akin.
It gives me a lot of confidence, a lot of hope, a lot of belief in yourself, a lot of trust and a lot of love of course. Yan mga bagay na yan yung nahukay ko sa Artificial eye na to. Maraming salamat dahil nagkaroon ako ng ganito kasi hindi na ako nahihirapang mamuhay sa mapait na mundong. Malugod kong pinasasalamatan si Bishop Mallari and you Doc Mark, sobrang salamat po sa inyong dalawa. BIG PLOT TWIST PO NG 2017 ko to, one of the best experience in my life."
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"If it is only possible to give my own eye, I will do it" - A Mother of an Artificial Eye user from the Philippines
This is a story of a mother of a child who uses an Artificial Eye from the Philippines, who has a case called Anophthalmia, which is the absence of the Eyeball. It is usually a congenital condition where a child does not develop an Eyeball, in contrast to the Condition Microphthalmia, which is an Underdeveloped eyeball.
The thing that I loved about the story is that it shows us how God would test our faith in him, and how He would use, as quoted in the Story, His "Instruments" for us to feel that He really exists. In this Story, the Instrument is the Artificial Eye.
"(Paraphrased) Two days after giving birth to my son, he was diagnosed of having a case pf Anapthalmia(Anophthalmia) which is the absence of one eye. It is Congenital.
As a mother, I felt sorry for my son because he had no Left Eye. No words can express my hatred and I always asked God for the reason. "Why my son? Why us?" If it is only possible to give my own eye, I will do it. But then I realized that He has plans for us and only God knows the reason why He gave us this wonderful blessing.
A now we are glad and thank God he used instrument to find solution in the case of our son. And that instrument is no other than Dr. Mark Soliman Paroli. He gave an early treatment and I thank him that he make it possible for my son to have an Eye. Thanks for the Prosthesis. Worth all. It brightens up our day. Self esteem of my son Biel is now secured"
"mga ilang months pa siguro nun bago ako mag goodbye sa bangs ko na kala ko forever na. And now nga, totally Goodbye na sa bangs ko at may government id na ako."
a Bangs is a slang term used in the Philippines for a person who styles their hair covering part of their forehead.
This is a story of a girl, who haven't used any Prosthetic Eye ever since she was operated because of her Retinoblastoma, and throughout her life, she would style her hear with a bangs, covering up the part without an Eye.
After we fitted her with a Prosthetic Eye, she finally have the courage to tie up her hair into a pony tail, and without the Bangs. Most people would take that opportunity for granted, for someone who does it to hide a part of their face, for me is a very big life changer. And I congratulate her! =)
Nagkaroon po ako ng Retinoblastoma when i was 3 years old.
Yung effect napakalaki. since di ako sinanay na naka artificial nung bata ako, need ko mag bangs everyday of my life just to cover the affected eye as in half face bangs. So that people won't usually recognize it. Though napaka unusual ng naka half face na bangs, pagtitinginan padin ako. MAy Hear din every dumadating ang ID picture sa school, i remember pa lagi ako sinisita nung photographer sa school, yung bangs ko daw tapos reremind ko lang siya na yun nga may case ako tas maaalala na niya.
Ewan ko ba dun from elementary to high school siya lang naman photographer sa school pero di padin ako naaalala. nasisita pa tuloy ako.
Then, yung simple things talaga na everybody can do yung super nakapag pa-struggle sakin nitong case ko. Like kumuha ng mga government ID's, mag pa 2x2 picture, mag ponytail ng buhok, and i remember takot na takot ako sa hangun nun. Kidding aside.
Pero nabago lahat nung nagka chance ako magka Artificial Eye ulit. That was December 2016, though sa una mejo di siya ganun ka perfect since matagal ako walang artificial so na affect yung mga muscles sa loob ng eye socket ko.
mga ilang months pa siguro nun bago ako mag goodbye sa bangs ko na kala ko forever na. And now nga, totally Goodbye na sa bangs ko at may government id na ako.
May 1x1 at 2x2 na din ako.
Nakakpaag pony tail na din ako ng buhok. (Yung wala bangs).
Nasa journey padin ako na inaayos padin yung opening ng eye ko. pero malaki na panibago compare sa dati.
A heart warming Thank you message from an Artificial Eye user form the Philippines.
This is a Story of a Mother of an Artificial Eye User, where her daughter has experienced a traumatic injury resulting to the removal of her Eyeball.
When the Mother of an Artificial Eye User was asked how did it feel to have her daughter eyes removed:
(paraphrased) Hindi sinadya sakanya. tumama ang binatong putol na tiles at sa mata tumama.
Masakit bilang magulang na nangyari iyun sa anak ko.
At nagaalala ako sakanya lalo na sa school. Ang ma bully ng kapwa bata niya.
(It was an accident. She was hit by a tiles that was being thrown and it hit her eye. It's really hard as a mother that something like that could happen to my child. I am worried when she goes to school, that she might experience bullying from other children like her)
When asked what she felt when she received her new Artificial Eye
Nung nagpagawa na ang Artificial Eye niya, masaya at nawala ang pag aalala at nagkaroon siya ng confidence sa sarili.
(When she had her Artificial Eye made, I was so happy and all my worries [about the bullying] are gone. she also have better self confidence)
"Having an Artificial Eye is a big help, especially in my class. I am a teacher and it benefits me."
A Teacher, for me, is one of the most noble profession a person can take. In fact, most of the professionals out there would not be where they are if a Teacher did not touch their lives. They are a vital component in building a society, by sharing and passing down what they know.
This is a Story of a Teacher from the Philippines who uses an Artificial Eye ever since she was 3 years old. she finds that the Prosthesis. She lost her eye due to a traumatic accident when she was still a child, and has experienced negative opinions, as well as criticism, growing up.
See how an Artificial Eye had helped her and how it affected her daily life as a Teacher.
PS: God Bless to all the Teachers out there!
"One of my eyes got blinded when I was 3 years old. I was playing back then with my brother when he accidentally shot(poked) my eye by a barbecue stick.
For me, living with one eye is difficult, it's not easy to have this disability. It affected a lot to me, you have to adjust and accept all the negative opinions from another people, as well as their criticisms about me.
(When asked about how she felt when she got her new Eye)
I felt happy when i got it and got changed after so many years passed. Having an Artificial Eye is a big help especially in my class, I am a teacher and it benefits me.
and also, by wearing an Artificial Eye, it hides my visual impairment."
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I'm Perla, I lost my left eye when I was a kid and accidentally, my sister hit my eye with a stick.
From there, I lost my eyesight that gave me a big shame, low self esteem, and it was hard for me to communicate because of my condition and I never feel like a normal person like others.
It's been a long time of suffering, 23 years almost until I've found one good Samaritan who helped me to have a Prosthetic Eye.
When I received my New Eye, I felt so very lucky and bless because I can act now as a normal person and communicate well as I'm doing today and my children were proud to see me in my new eye.
For now, I just want to thank Dr. Mark Paroli for restoring my Prosthetic Eye again.
Artificial Eye Stories
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