AJ's eyes can't go to Fatima, says doctor

By Nina Corpuz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 19 2011 06:02 PM | Updated as of Apr 20 2011 08:43 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The family of actor AJ Perez, who was recently killed in a road accident, had wanted to give his eyes to blind singer Fatima Soriano after his mother saw her interview with Boy Abunda in “The Bottomline.”

But Dr. Mae Singson, one of Soriano's eye doctors, said this is not possible because her problem is her retinas and only corneas can be transplanted.

"Ang corneas niya ay normal. Ang problema sa kanya ay ang likod ng mata o ang kurtina ng mata called the retina. ‘Yon ang defective sa kanya and it has been defective since pinanganak siya. So changing the cornea, which is sa harapan ng mata ay hindi makakabigay lunas sa kanyang karamdaman. To this day, wala pa tayong effective na retinal transplant," said Singson.

But Soriano has accepted her fate. "I accept po kasi alam kong ito ang will ni Lord."

She even thanked the family of Perez for the kind gesture, and said that maybe someone else out there needs his eyes more than her.

"Baka may someone else po na matutulungan, kahit hindi po sa akin," said Soriano.

When teased that her fans are more disappointed than her, Soriano just giggled and laughed, "I was ready naman po, hindi po ako ‘yong type na ma-a-upset."

Singson said that there is a long list of people who need a corneal transplant.

"Kaysa maawa tayo sa kanya, tingnan natin ‘yong kabilang dako, ‘yong nangyaring iyon na hindi puwdeng maibigay kay Fatima, maaaring mabigyan ng kaliwanagan ang mata ng ibang tao; na maaaring gumanda ang kanyang paningin dahil sa pag-donate ng cornea ng pamilya ni AJ," Singson said.