One day while she was at work, Rosie Orduña reached down to pick something up from the floor.
“I felt something like a pop on the side of my head.” She remembers. When she stood up, all she could see was red.
Her doctor referred her to a specialist, who told her she had a detached retina in her left eye. She was just 26. At that point in her life, Rosie was working as a medical records specialist and had insurance. But after retinal repair surgeries and the recovery periods kept her away from her job for several months, her boss replaced her.
All this happened right after Rosie gave birth to her daughter Kassandra. Kassandra was born deaf, and Rosie communicates with her using American Sign Language.
Then she began to lose vision in her right eye, and along with it, her ability to communicate with her daughter.
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