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Blind Artist Gets Sight Restored Due to New Procedure

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For the past year 32-year-old David Gama has been focused on a goal to reverse the effects of an eye disease called Keratoconous that has slowly been robbing him of his sight.
"I see the most general things. Silhouettes. Obviously you're a male. You have some features.  The details am not able to pick out," Gama says.

His wife Jannelle feared David wouldn't be able to continue working as a graphic designer. But the couple held on to hope.

"Hope and prayer we have a lot of faith despite what we have been through we try to be as optimistic as possible," says Jannelle.

And their prayers were answered...

Our Fox station in Atlanta has been following the couple on their mission to meet Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler the inventor of a breakthrough cornea implant procedure and the only doctor federally-approved to do it.

Last June the Gama's started an online campaign to raise money. And this month, an anoymous donor offered to pick up the bill. David's day has arrived. In two minimally invasive procedures Dr. boxer Wachler is able to reshape a cornea and then lock that shape in place permanently.

David will not have to undergo a much riskier corneal transplant surgery.
Done in a matter of minutes...David can clearly see.. the hands on the clock...
the details of his wife's face. David also says his future is much clearer.

"Being able to see there are not limits for what I can do. Now I can do the smallest things that most people take for granted, walking, riding a bike going to see the sunrise," Gama says.

The procedure costs between seven and 16-thousand dollars depending on the severity of the condition.

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