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2 people receive corneas from husband that died from grief after wife killed in Uvalde

SAN ANTONIO – The husband of one of many academics killed in the Uvalde college taking pictures who all of a sudden died two days later is being referred to as a donor hero.

Joe Garcia and his wife, Irma, had been laid to relaxation collectively on Wednesday. Garcia died of a damaged coronary heart over her tragic demise, relations stated.

Garcia’s household honored his choice to assist sufferers in want.

He was a registered organ donor and he had his corneas harvested to assist two people who wanted a cornea transplant.

“Two individuals will be able to see again, will be able to go back to their families, live that full life, and a part of Joe will live on through them,” stated Simera Nichols of the San Antonio Eye Bank.

The first affected person acquired the transplant on Tuesday and the opposite acquired it on Thursday.


Dr. Kenneth Maverick, the surgeon who performed the second surgical procedure, stated the outpatient process could be very profitable.

(*2*) Maverick stated. “It usually takes about 30 or 40 minutes.”

There are an estimated 12 million people struggling from corneal blindness world wide and Maverick hopes Joe Garcia’s story is one that will encourage others to donate.

“This is just a ray of light in a very dark time, but the human spirit lives on and the ultimate sacrifice is organ donation.”

If you have an interest in being an organ donor you possibly can register at To be taught extra about cornea transplantation, go to

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