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Patient: Patricia Lee
Diagnosis: exposure

BostonSight PROSE patient with ocular graft versus host disease (GVHD) Patti Lee

For operating room nurse Patti Lee, the saga that led her to PROSE treatment began simply, with a small dry patch on her forehead. But the patch turned out to be squamous cell cancer. What followed the diagnosis was months of surgeries, radiation treatment, the loss of part of her eyelid, and nearly unbearable eye pain.

“I would come home from working in the OR and just retreat to my room, where it was dark, to block out the world. It got so bad I was ready to have them take out the eye," recalled Ms. Lee.

The daughter and wife of U.S. Army men, Lee suffered for months, not knowing where to go for help. Eventually, she found her way to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas and ophthalmologist Jeff Cleland, a BostonSight PROSE Clinical Fellow.

Patricia Lee and family




“It was absolutely amazing. I got fitted on a Friday. The next day my husband and I went on a 3-hour motorcycle ride and had dinner on San Antonio’s Riverwalk. I can be happy again!”

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