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    Free Lasik Surgeries Offered To Quadriplegics By New Foundation

    Quadriplegics By New Foundation

    POSTED: 2:52 pm PDT May 22, 2006
    UPDATED: 6:11 pm PDT May 22, 2006
    LOS ANGELES -- If you need glasses, a new foundation may be able to get you Lasik for free, according to NBC4's Dr. Bruce Hensel.

    It may seem like a little thing for someone who's confined to a wheelchair. But getting rid of glasses may help give back some of the freedom they've lost.

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    Ever since she broke her neck in a car accident 25 years ago, Marta Johansen has been wheelchair-bound with minimal use of her hands.

    She's fought her way through many challenges. She gets around well in a home designed by her husband and she even drives.

    One challenge she's can't overcome is her need for glasses.

    "It's almost impossible for me to get them adjusted properly," said Johansen.

    "The few times I dropped them, I can't reach to the floor. It's really hard to clean with these hands," said Johansen.

    Physically challenged people have been telling ophthalmologist Robert Maloney that for years, Hensel reported.

    "Things we take for granted are difficult for them. If a quadriplegic wakes up he or she can't see. You have to wake up your caregiver or lie in a fog," said Maloney.

    The solution, Hensel said, struck Maloney during a fishing trip. It was to offer some people the surgery for free.

    http://www.nbc4.tv/health/9256687/detail.html

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