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Seeing the world through her eyes

May 15th, 2004 · No Comments

From today’s Seattle Times

When Michael Van Leuven met Roberta Mosher the summer before their freshman year of high school, it was her eyes that he first noticed. They were a vivid blue and hinted at her willful streak.

During their nearly 24-year marriage, a look from Roberta — Robin, as he called her — let Michael know when he was in the doghouse and when to come hither.

When she died suddenly of a brain aneurysm last Saturday, Roberta’s eyes took on a new meaning for Michael — the chance to see out of his right eye again.

Yesterday, a day after his wife’s funeral, Michael Van Leuven received a cornea transplant with tissue donated from her eye.

“She said, ‘You will see again, I guarantee it,’ I just never dreamt in a million years it would be through her eye,” Van Leuven said before being put under anesthesia for the operation at the University of Washington Medical Center.

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