Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, December 2011: Cassandra Caton’s eyeball surgery is about to be performed, and the right eye is marked “Yes”.
The ophthalmologist referred her to Washington University in St. Louis, a three-hour drive from her home in Missouri. Cassandra has a 2-year-old daughter. Her husband is a chicken farm worker. She lives in the small town of Sedalia where the working class gathers. The home is decorated in a primitive manner. This bad news was unbelievable to her. The lump in her eye is a malignant tumor called melanoma, which has grown very big and filled her right eyeball.