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Blind man regains sight with the help of son's tooth

Medicine Medical Anomalies 2008

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#1 Godeskian

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Posted 28 February 2008 - 10:46 AM

Following the doctor whose hand you should always shake, I present the reason why you should encourage healthy teeth in your children  :blink:

http://news.yahoo.co...inhealthoffbeat

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DUBLIN (AFP) - An Irishman blinded by an explosion two years ago has had his sight restored after doctors inserted his son's tooth in his eye, he said on Wednesday.

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After doctors in Ireland said there was nothing more they could do, McNichol heard about a miracle operation called Osteo-Odonto-Keratoprosthesis (OOKP) being performed by Dr Christopher Liu at the Sussex Eye Hospital in Brighton in England.

The technique, pioneered in Italy in the 1960s, involves creating a support for an artificial cornea from the patient's own tooth and the surrounding bone.

The procedure used on McNichol involved his son Robert, 23, donating a tooth, its root and part of the jaw.

McNichol's right eye socket was rebuilt, part of the tooth inserted and a lens inserted in a hole drilled in the tooth.

The first operation lasted ten hours and the second five hours.

"It is pretty heavy going," McNichol said. "There was a 65 percent chance of me getting any sight.

"Now I have enough sight for me to get around and I can watch television. I have come out from complete darkness to be able to do simple things," McNichol said.

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#2 Nonny

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Posted 28 February 2008 - 10:52 AM

:eek4:  Now this is what "awesome" is really about!    :cool:
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#3 SparkyCola

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Posted 28 February 2008 - 12:44 PM

That was some sacrifice on the part of the son, for an operation which may have failed, so bravo to Robert :cool: :thumbs-up:

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