Friday, December 30, 2011

'I Can See!'

Emergency Cataract Surgery Changes Chicago-Area Woman’s Life

WHAT:     Janice Gurvey, 45, can now see thanks to dramatic cataract surgery performed Thursday, Dec. 29, at Loyola’s Gottlieb Memorial Hospital. “I can see the holiday decorations, my cats, everything that I’ve missed,” she said today, after a post-operation examination at the Melrose Park campus.

Gurvey was examined on Christmas Eve by Dr. Brian Proctor, a Gottlieb ophthalmologist, who adjusted his surgery schedule after diagnosing her dire condition. “She was literally falling down and had to be cared for by neighbors because she simply could not see,” Proctor said. “This is the worst case of cataracts that I have ever seen in someone so young."

Gurvey has a rare case of incredibly fast-growing cataracts. “I was diagnosed in October and every day I would open my eyes and could see less and less until all that was left was shadows,” she said. The Schiller Park woman was unable to keep her job as a waitress due to her failing eyesight and became completely isolated when her caretaker boyfriend suffered a stroke and had to be moved to a care facility.

Neighbors and friends cared for Gurvey round-the-clock and helped her with food and medical care.

WHEN:      Janice Gurvey and Dr. Proctor are available today for interviews at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, 701 W. North Ave., Melrose Park, Ill.

Media must contact Stasia Thompson in advance at (708) 417-5036.

WHO:        Janice Gurvey, who was legally blind, will start the new year with restored vision. Thanks to dramatic cataract surgery performed Thursday, Dec. 29, to correct a rare condition, she can now see in her left eye. She will undergo cataract surgery in her right eye Jan. 12 at Gottlieb. “My birthday is Jan. 4 and I was convinced I would be in a nursing home where I would have to spend the rest of my life as a blind woman,” she said. “Now I can see and I have my whole life ahead of me."

WHY:     * See the dramatic difference between Janice’s cloudy right eye and her clear left eye

* Interview Janice about what she now sees and how her life has dramatically changed

* Talk with Dr. Proctor about the cataract surgery and Janice’s unusual condition

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.