Daniel Stakeman

Daniel was diagnosed with keratoconus in both eyes in 2009. One Monday morning his mother noticed his left eye was very red and swollen but attributed it to allergies. Three days later his eye was so swollen it wouldn’t close. She took him to the eye doctor, where they learned he had developed a hydrop. As soon as the infection and swelling in his left eye went down, he received a cornea transplant.

Daniel has Downs Syndrome, so it was difficult for him to cope and adjust with vision problems.

“He is normally very happy, so it was difficult to see him go through this. But he never complained,” explains his mother. Daniel loves to watch movies, draw and play games on the computer. “He is a much happier person now that a he can again do the things he loves.”