Nick Lehnert

Nearly 50 years ago, a childhood accident destroyed Nick Lehnert’s cornea. He received his first cornea transplant shortly thereafter. That cornea lasted quite a long time, and with it, he was able to play football in high school and qualified as a marksman twice in the Air Force. Years later, his donated cornea was failing him, so his doctor recommended the DSAEK procedure. The partial cornea transplant didn’t work, so he went through another surgery. When that also didn’t work, Nick was scheduled for a full-thickness transplant in February 2011. Thus far, things are going well for him. Nick has been impacted by donation and transplantation most of his life, and is very grateful for the gifts he’s received. “I consider it truly a blessing. I cannot thank my donors and their families enough.”