Single mom Cassy Rivera had never seen her youngest daughter; she went totally blind just before her birth in 2008. While she hoped to undergo potentially vision-restoring surgery before Christmas 2010, Medicaid would only cover half of the steep fee. Then Dr. Michael Samson offered to operate on her left eye with his hospital footing the rest of the bill. Days before the holiday, her bandages were removed and she saw her toddler for the first time.
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