[Photo: Andrea Beckett.]When our daughter Andrea was four years old and visiting her grandpa, she experience a very scary accident. Her cousin, who was the same age, was standing in a rocking chair facing away from her. Andrea was curious as to what he was doing, so she went to get on the chair with him. He had been cutting the hair off his stuffed teddy bear with paper scissors. When he turned, the rocker moved, and Andrea’s left eye was poked with the scissors. This caused her pupil to drain into her iris. We rushed her to Cardinal Glennon Hospital.

I was a complete wreck. We were scared and so worried she would lose her eye. Plus, the fact that she would be put under anesthesia made the worry even worse. The group of doctors talked to us and explained exactly what they were going to do and how long the procedure would take. Andrea never cried and said it did not hurt; she was a very brave little girl. The doctors and nurses kept her at ease by talking to her while we were there. I was able to walk beside her bed, halfway down the hallway to surgery. They all reassured me that she would be fine, and that they would send someone out from time to time to give me updates. I never left the closed doors and waited there.

The surgery seemed like it took forever. When I was able to see her, she had a big bandage over one eye. The doctor told me if the cut had been just a fraction of an inch deeper, the results would not have been so successful.

The doctors and nurses at Cardinal Glennon saved Andrea’s eyesight. They said there was a small chance of her developing cataracts, but 26 years later, she still has perfect vision. She is now a full-time registered nurse for SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital. Our family will be forever grateful to all of the doctors, nurses and staff of SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. We are incredibly lucky to have them.

Tracy Beckett
Deli and Seafood Manager
Dierbergs Arnold Commons