Ep 1: An Eye Fit for Liberty | SEARCH ON
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Ep 1: An Eye Fit for Liberty | SEARCH ON


As a parent you do anything
you can for your child. I guess I just went one step further. I had such a great pregnancy with Liberty. We had had scans,
and nothing came up. – But every time we got a scan
she had her hand over her eye. It was like she knew. – There was an issue called microphthalmia. – Her eye that she can’t see out of
is 40% smaller than her other eye. And you need to fill that void
with a prosthetic. If you don’t have that prosthetic eye
in there your face will collapse. As a father,
I didn’t know how to deal with it. You know, what do you do,
you can’t fix it. And some of the appointments
were horrendous. One of the ocularists that we saw
the mold got stuck. Ashleigh was bear-hugging her
while he was trying to pull it off. To get it out he basically
just ripped it out. She was trembling,
it was pretty horrific. Sorry… And that was it for me. I wasn’t putting her through
any of that ever again. – We literally got home
and he was on the computer. – I wanted to know how to start making
prosthetic eyes myself for my daughter. I was like, yeah well maybe we should
just let the professionals do it. He just said to me, look what
a professional just did to our daughter. I can do it better
and I can do it without hurting her. That’s when he found the
John Pacey-Lowrie video. – I dug into it and would stop the video
and look at what John was using. And I pieced together parts of the process
to be able to do it the best that I could with the things that I had. It was really frustrating. I’d get 3/4 way through
making a perfect eye. And in the last bit of the process
I’d stuff up. But I knew each step,
I was getting a step closer to making one. The first time Ashleigh had said,
yeah that’s a good one, we’ll try it, was hard to describe. – I don’t want tea.
– That’s okay. That’s fine, darling. – No. And you’re in your job. What about Cass? – No. Cass is too little. – You’ve got a moustache. – Dad is so funny. – You know, knowing that she was walking
around with one that I had made for her. For me that was a moment of
walk out to the shed and have a cry, with no one looking. Because I had done something
for the family, finally. So, over two years I’ve made
about 20-odd eyes for her, and I realized
how much of a passion I had for it. – And I said,
well is this what you want to for a job? Is this where you see yourself? And he said yes. I said okay,
well let’s make it happen then. – When Dwayne first contacted me. Basic question, I want to become
a ocularist, how do I do it? – It’s a bit surreal going from seeing a man on YouTube to coming and training here
and connect with him. Going from sledgehammers on an oil rig,
to tiny little machines and RS buttons and stuff
is pretty awesome. You start with nothing. At the end of it you’ve got a person that is wearing an eye
that you have made by hand. That is very good.
Yeah, the movement is amazing. Wow. Knowing that I am capable now. I have to be using what I’ve learned. Being back, now it’s really all just
starting to fall into place. I’ve got a state-of-the-art clinic. It’s really growing into my dream. – Oculus Prosthetics is the ocularist
practice that Dwayne and I have started. You can’t really explain what it
means to people until you experience, you know, sitting there with a parent,
with their child and being able to have those moments where you see
a parent cry because their kid looks amazing. – It’s hard enough being a parent,
let alone having the unknowns. We just feel like we can
make it a little bit easier. People come first. That’s how we’re going to do it different. The people on the ground,
they’re the solution. They’re the ones who can really
fight off deforestation. And they’re looking for collaboration. They’re not looking for help.

15 Comments

  • Dedyfilsafa Dedyfilsafa

    Bagaimana cara facebook saya bisa lebih baik?
    Mengapa bisa di lihat oleh publik apa yang di bagi atau di kirim oleh saya?mohon-mohon di bantu!

  • rich moore

    What can I say?? As a father I watched this with both love and fear. I understand the Passion. I understand the anger when confronted with heath care we consider sub-standard. More than most people, I understand the reasons behind "I can do this" "I am going to do this" "I must do this!" Go and get this done! 🙂

  • Gemsy Davison

    Beautiful Liberty 😍
    I remember being this little, and having to see the eye lady. She would be kind and lovely, but when it came to the part where I had to take my prosthetic eye out, I cried and cried. They would tell me it's ok, it's not going to hurt. But I was 4, 5, 6 years old… Imagine having somebody that close to your face saying 'it's not going to hurt!' it's so scary. From our experience, everything to do with that eye meant pain and discomfort. I didn't understand that the painful eye had gone and it was a pretend eye now, and it wouldn't hurt anymore. It feels weird sometimes, even to this day (I'm 37 now), to sit there in front of someone with no eye in. To be an ocularist you need to understand that discomfort. It's a job that needs people who can take time and explain things and listen to children. Well done dad. You're amazing. Please make me a bright purple and silver one? 😁

  • Nicole P

    This is an old video but I still felt compelled to leave a comment. What an amazing family, the father's dedication to his daughter is a true inspiration. I hope their family and business continues to thrive!

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