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Austin has had 4 emergency retina surgeries in the past year. The funds will be used for Austin's medical costs and related expenses.

Austin Buttry has had Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) since birth. It is a rare condition that is hardly ever seen in the United States. Austin was born in South Korea and was adopted by the Buttrys at age 2. Austin has worn glasses his whole life but has not had any other complications with ROP until recently.

On July 5, 2011, Austin (17 years old) woke up with no sight in his right eye and blurred vision in his left. After seeing the eye doctor that morning he was informed that the retina in his right eye had completely detached and the retina in his left eye was almost detached. He was put into emergency surgery the next morning in an attempt to reattach the retina in his left eye before it completely detached. Austin came out of surgery with 20/800 vision in his left eye and no vision in his right eye. Since then, Austin has had to undergo three more unexpected emergency surgeries due to complications with scar tissue and the retina detaching again. Through all this, Austin has lost all sight in his right eye and is left with only a small amount of blurred peripheral vision in his left. The sight he has lost will never return. Austin has a very specialized case that is baffling even the doctors. Most patients with ROP don’t ever have both retinas detach and the chances of this happening before 50 years of age is unheard of, Austin is only 17.

Austin has been going to eye specialists in Iowa City, Iowa, for all of his surgeries and appointments. This hospital is an 8 hour round trip for Austin and his family. He is being seen by the top eye specialists in the area so it is necessary that he goes to this hospital. For some appointments the Buttrys will make the 8 hour round trip in one day, other times they are required to stay in a hotel for several days depending on the length of Austin’s stay at the hospital.

While other teenagers are searching for colleges and finishing up their senior year, Austin is learning to live life in a world of darkness. Everything he has ever known is changing. He has to relearn how to do everything, from the most simple of tasks like getting dressed, eating, and crossing the street. He has begun taking classes to learn how to walk with a walking stick and he has applied for a seeing eye dog.

Those who have had the privilege of meeting Austin and his parents know what wonderful and amazing people they are. They are a family of faith and know that God is in control of every situation. Pam and Don Buttry (Austin’s parents) have 14 children, 11 of them adopted. Several of the children they have adopted have special needs. They have opened their home and their lives to bless so many children who needed a family. They love their children and will do whatever is best for them and they truly know that children are a blessing from God. Even when unexpected things come up in life, they look to the Lord for help, guidance, and a peace that passes all understanding.

Now it’s our turn to reach out and help Austin and the Buttry family. We would love for your help in collecting as many donations as we can to help assist/offset the medical expenses that are not covered by insurance. The Buttry family always reaches out to others in their time of need and now it’s our chance to Give Forward to bring some brightness to a wonderful family and an incredible young man. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated and will help out tremendously. If you can give any amount it will go to a wonderful cause and help an incredible family. If you would rather send a personal donation you can send them to:

Don and Pam Buttry
1171 230th Street
Shenandoah, IA 51601

Thank you so much for your donations, support, and most of all prayers! We know Jesus has healed the blind but if that is not God's will, Austin knows he is in God's hands.

God Bless,
The family of Austin Buttry

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