While fixing a lamp in his home, John Moser found himself in the emergency department with a piece of steel in his eye.

Multiple surgeries later, John’s eyesight was restored, and he is now able to continue teaching and traveling. 


Kathy and John Moser, of Columbus, Ohio, refer to Thanksgiving as “the anniversary of the eye.”  In 2007, John was attempting to fix a lamp in their living room when a piece of steel ricocheted into his left eye. Panicked, Kathy drove him to the emergency department at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

“There were closer hospitals to our home, but we wouldn’t want to be at any other place than Ohio State,” Kathy said.

Their story

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The next morning, John underwent his first eye surgery, but unfortunately this was only step one of the recovery process. John, a program director for Ohio State’s Center on Education and Training for Employment, and his wife, Kathy, were worried how their life would be impacted if he were to permanently lose his eyesight.

After the initial surgery, John was put under the guidance of Thomas Mauger, MD. Dr. Mauger went above and beyond his routine ophthalmologic services to help restore John’s eyesight.

Even when John was out of the country, Dr. Mauger made sure his care was a priority. Once, when John had eye trouble during a trip to Italy, Dr. Mauger answered all of his long distance phone calls, helped him locate a local physician and facilitated an emergency flight home for a Sunday appointment in the United States.

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Praised by the Mosers for his excellent patient care, Dr. Mauger’s accessibility and expertise saved John’s eyesight. Now, John’s left eye is as normal as it was before. He can still drive, teach students and travel all over the world.

This experience is what motivated John and Kathy Moser to give back to Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. Their wish is that all patients will have the opportunity to receive treatment from such passionate physicians and staff.

“We were educated here as students, treated here and John’s job is here,” Kathy says. “Giving back to Ohio State is now part of our financial plan.”

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