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Dr. Beata Casanas

Hello, 2024! We'd like to introduce the new faces in the year's LifeLink® Faces of Transplantation Calendar. Meet Dr. Beata Casanas.

Dr. Beata Casanas had uncomfortably dry eyes from a young age. She was diagnosed with superior limbic keratoconjunctivitis (SLK), a chronic inflammatory disease of the eye. Treatments such as antibiotics, eye drops, and humidifiers offered little relief.

An infectious disease physician, Dr. Casanas spends her time caring for patients and her condition resulted in a need for frequent breaks while carrying out her work. Dr. Casanas learned how amniotic membrane, or birth tissue, transplantation might help her condition. Birth tissue donation occurs when an expectant mother volunteers to donate placental and umbilical cord tissue after giving birth through a caesarean section.

Dr. Casanas underwent successful surgery using amniotic membrane tissue to reconstruct the surface of her eyes. She no longer feels a gritty sensation in her eyes, experiences excessive tearing, or suffers from chronic eye infections. Thanks to her birth tissue donor, Dr. Casanas’ life has improved, allowing her to work faster and longer and without an extra layer of pain or discomfort.

Learn more about birth tissue donation, and how it can improve lives.