Transplant recipients talk about their best gifts
Emilia Mijangos looks through a scrap book filled with photos of her cornea donor 6-year-old Bryce Autry from Montana. Mijangos was diagnosed with keratoconus, a degenerative eye disorder that causes the cornea to take on a conical shape, and recieved her transplant in 2010. (Adam Smith/Daily Republic)
FAIRFIELD — Emilia Mijangos left college because she couldn’t see what the instructor was writing on the board.
A.J. Reyes couldn’t picture his future. When asked where he wanted to be in five or 10 years, he was stumped to find an answer.
“Living with heart failure is like a death sentence,” he said.
Mijangos, a 21-year-old Suisun City resident, got the gift of sight two years ago. Reyes, a 29-year-old Fairfield resident, received the gift of life in 2010.
Mijangos was in middle school when she started to notice changes in her eyesight. She compensated at school, relying on her memory. That memory failed her once when she got on the wrong bus and had to have a family member pick her up in Vallejo. Continue Reading