By Camille Condon, Director, International Office, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
and Mary Leach, Director of Public Affairs, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Twelve year-old Andrea smiles as she tries on eyeglasses in Mass. Eye and Ear’s Optical Shop. The fact that she can wear glasses at all is impressive—up until a few weeks ago the girl had a tumor behind her right eye that had grown to the size of a large grapefruit, destroying the eye and pushing it out of the socket. Doctors from her home country of Romania told her family she had an inoperable tumor and gave her just months to live.
The benign tumor continued to grow for eight years with no help in sight until Andrea’s teacher contacted Dr. Aaron Fay’s office at Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary and asked for help. The Romanian community raised funds to bring Andrea, accompanied by her father, here for treatment. During several surgeries, Dr. Fay removed the tumor, reconstructed her orbital area and implanted a prosthetic eye.
The care was donated by the Hospital
and Dr. Fay in honor of the late Ray Tye.