In 2003, respected and popular broadcast journalist Ali Sotto lost her son, Miko, in a tragic accident. For a mother, the pain for losing a child is beyond words. But amidst the pain and grief, Ali Sotto decided to generously donate her son’s corneas to the Eye Bank Foundation of the Philippines in order to help others see.
Whenever asked, Ali Sotto says that the decision to donate Miko’s corneas helped her and her family cope with the loss. In one of her numerous interviews she said that the act of giving gave her unspeakable comfort knowing that a part of Miko literally lives on and that he did not die in vain.
True enough, Miko did not die in vain. Not only did his corneas transform the lives of 2 people and their families, Ali’s decision also created a tsunami that led many to consider eye and cornea donation.
This was a major event in the history of the Eye Bank that helped bring us to where we are today. Ali’s advocacy for the eye bank continues to help us achieve our mission of making corneal transplant available—whenever possible, wherever needed. #PartnersInSight #EyeBankPH25