Student's eye-surgery fundraiser advances

By Peter Brooks - Staff Reporter

People interested in helping a fellow Highline student afford eye surgery can now donate online.

Jessica Crane has recently developed retinal vasculitis, inflammation of the vascular branches of the retinal artery. She needs surgery but can't afford all of the costs. The goal of the fundraiser is $2,000.

To donate to the fundraiser, go to

Crane has been attending Highline since 2013 and is a 3.95 Honors student, actively enrolled in PTK honors society and was also the vice-president of the Psychology Club.

She's majoring in psychology and transferring this fall if her condition improves.

"I first noticed symptoms right before finals last quarter," Crane said. "The disease progressed quite quickly from one eye to both and swelling worsened every day."

Crane said she was previously very healthy and her doctors aren't sure what the cause of her condition is.

"At the worst, I lost pieces of my vision, some color perception, line perception, a general drop in my vision, and experienced pain and redness," Crane said.

She continues to say that she also experienced fatigue, intense headaches, stiffness in her neck and back, and generally feeling weak.

"Many days I couldn't get around due to the pain," Crane said.

Crane mentioned she's missed all quarter due to her condition.

As a temporary solution, Crane has been prescribed Prednisone which is a type of steroid to help with inflammation.

"It's helped a lot," Crane said. But it's not good to be on for too long because of the side-effects. "It creates its own issues like osteoporosis, diabetes, insomnia, anxiety, and mood swing among other things," Crane said. "We need to start looking towards other treatments."

Though her condition may be cured at some point, there is already permanent damage. "The extreme excess vitreous gel in my eyes and some lesions throughout the eyes requires surgery," Crane said.

Crane expressed her gratitude for everyone involved in organizing and donating to help her.

"This is extremely generous and I thank everyone for helping. It's very sweet and unexpected and I'm so appreciative," Crane said.

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