Miriam Aguirre was an organ donor. And it was always her hope and dream that when she died, one of her corneas be directed to her son, Juan Aguirre. Juan had limited vision in his left eye because of trauma from an accident when he was five years old. When Miriam passed away suddenly in her Miami Beach home on her 61st birthday, the Florida Lions Eye Bank began an incredible effort to honor her wish. It would become FLEBís first directed donation from a mother to a son.
The staff worked diligently to make the miraculous transplant a reality on October 8, 2013. The successful surgery was performed by Dr. Guillermo Amescua at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and received extensive media coverage.