MULTIPLE award-winning actor and performing artiste, Dakore Egbuson-Akande, in a recent move that startled her fans, donated her eyes.
The actress, who was on Tuesday unveiled as ambassador for the Eye bank of Nigeria with the aim of sensitising the public about the need for Cornea donors to help those with reversible blindness, made the pledge saying that her cornea can be used when she dies.
“I was officially unveiled as the Ambassador for the Eye bank of Nigeria with the aim of sensitizing the public about the need for Cornea donors to help those with reversible blindness,” she stated.
“I pledged my cornea that day and what that means is when I leave this earth, I willingly donate my cornea to help give the gift of sight especially as I would no longer need it.
“Cornea is the delicate tissue responsible for the control and focus of light into the eyes. This tissue can be damaged by trauma or infection resulting in corneal blindness. This type of blindness is reversible with the transplant of cornea tissues from a donor upon demise to a recipient.
“Now I see that by pledging my cornea, I will leave behind a legacy of love and selflessness. I see that I can live for something greater than myself. I see that I can contribute positively to humanity and make the world better than I left it.
She also posed a question to the public on their opinion on the new step she took. “What are your views on this and becoming a donor in general? I would really appreciate your kind feedback so we can start the conversation…will you be willing to do it for a loved one or a stranger? How do you see it? Factors that prevent most people from doing this is fear but of what exactly?”
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