MANCHESTER, CT - 14 APRIL 2008 -112008JT27-
Marie Tyrrell at a joke made by a fellow patient before undergoing cataract surgery performed by Dr. Richard Fichman on April 14, 2008 at Fichman's office in Manchester. Marie developed cataracts, a side-effect of chemotherapy, roughly two years after being diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. Having a terminal illness, Marie was hesitant about spending money on an expensive surgery that may only benefit for a few months. Fichman donated his services, using the new lens implant Crystalens, for free.
Josalee Thrift / Republican-American