I don’t often use full names around here. I’m all about allowing people to keep a bit of anonymity.
But, let me just say this…
We met Dr. Shapiro under rather bad circumstances. C’s retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) had progressed, rapidly, and was on the verge of causing blindness.
He was, in a very real way, our last hope. At least, he was our last hope in terms of her ever being able to see.
Her ROP was severe. We already knew this. We fled to the heart of Chicago on the advice and recommendation of our doctor and prayed for the best. We met Dr. Shapiro one afternoon and found out he would operate on our tiny girl at 6:00 the next morning. “I prefer to do the babies this small first thing in the morning,” he explained.
We were there.
The ophthalmologist who had referred us was pleased with the work. That was good news but, at the same time, you kind of expect the guy who recommended him to say good things, right?
Over the next couple of years, other eye doctors commented on the sclera buckles on her retinas and how good they looked.
We were encouraged.
Today, I took C. in to see a retinal specialist.
You see, at this point, now almost eight years down the road, there are frequently issues with the retinas after this surgery…
They can bulge.
They can detach.
They can compress.
They can become clustered with scar tissue.
We drove to the nearest city this morning and met a doctor who focuses only on retinas. For the record, he was super nice and amazingly good with kids. But, anyway, he examined C’s eyes. It was a ninety minute process, with all the dilation and prep required to see that deeply in the eye, but that was fine.
I watched as he explored and investigated.
I waited as he sat back in his chair and sketched out what he saw.
I took a breath as he turned to tell me…
“Her retinas are perfect. They are completely attached. There is no bulging or compression. I can’t even find any scar tissue. These buckles? Are the best work I’ve ever seen. Honestly, her retinas are healthier than most I see in a given day on individuals who’ve had no eye issues.”
I must have released a small sigh. He smiled.
“For her eyes to look this good after such a severe case of ROP is amazing. You all are part of a micro-percentage to have this level of success. I don’t need to see her again unless new issues develop.”
And, so, I again drop to my knees.
The blessings bestowed upon us have been overwhelming.
Just as important, however, is the gift He bestowed upon our amazing retinal surgeon, Dr. Shapiro.