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10/29/03 - Tyler

Local Doctor Makes Foster Child's Dream Come True

"Hi Kristie. I'm Doctor Frazier. Nice to meet you." This is a day Kristie has long waited for. "I got up today and said, 'Today's the day. I don't have to wear glasses anymore'," says Kristie enthusiastically. Doctor Bryan Frazier at Eyecare Associates of East Texas saw Kristie's story on Channel 7's Gift of Love report earlier this month as she talked about how much she wanted contact lenses. "Immediately when I saw her it was automatic. I just picked up the phone and called." Doctor Frazier was calling to help. "You know, my wife and I couldn't adopt her. We have three boys of our own, although my wife would love a little girl, but I didn't hesitate to help her in another way. It was something I could do easily for her," explains Doctor Frazier.

"He's nice," says Kristie about Doctor Frazier as he leaves the exam room. This Tyler Doctor set up an appointment to give Kristie an eye exam and contact lenses. After years of waiting, it was finally time. "I'm a little nervous," she says softly. Then, Doctor Frazier approaches with the first contact in hand. "All right, are you ready? If you'll look straight ahead in the mirror. That's it. Open wide. There you go. That's the first one." As Kristie wipes a drop of saline solution from her check, a smile appears.

Because of past abuse, it's important to Kristie to improve her self image and in turn her self esteem. At least today, she started one eye at a time. "Especially looking at her prescription, how much better she'll feel, how much better she'll see and just increases her self confidence. I knew we made the right choice to make that call," says Doctor Frazier

Then, the second contact goes in. "That's it. You did good. Can you see me?" Kristie shakes her head yes, beaming from ear to ear. "The smile, when you can put those contacts in a child's eye and they can see without their glasses on, it's pretty neat. I could tell she was happy," Doctor Frazier said proudly.

It may have been a small gift, but to this 11 year old girl it was big. A dream come true. Doctor Frazier says, "It just brings home the importance of helping people. When you have a skill or a way you can help other people, whether that's directly or indirectly, by providing funds to area charities you need to do it. That's what we're called to do and I don't think there's any other thing we can do but help." As Kristie leaves with her new set of eyes, she looks at Doctor Frazier and simply says, "Thank you."

If you'd like to know more about how to become a foster or adoptive parent, call our Gift of Love hotline. The toll free number is 1-888-kids-275.

Gillian Sheridan, reporting.

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