Irish Man Uses Son’s Tooth To Repair Blind Eye

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Bob McNichol, blind since a 2005 explosion in an aluminum recycling center, believed he would be blind the rest of his life after Irish doctors told him they were out of options.

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It was then, however, that he heard about the procedure being performed by Dr. Christopher Liu in Brighton– Osteo-Odonto-Keratoprosthesis (OOKP). If memory of Latin class serves, that’s medspeak for “putting teeth into your head as fake eyes.”

The procedure, which has been around since being invented by what I presume were some heavily intoxicated Italians in the 1960s, uses the tooth to create an artificial cornea. In the case of Bob, his son, Robert, donated not just a tooth, which had a hole drilled into it to hold a lens, but also part of his jaw, which became part of the eye socket. This of course took quite a bit of time and effort–fifteen hours over two operations, which had initially been given a 65% chance of success. Bob, however, has gained a good portion of his sight back.

Info From Physorg.com

By new Environmental Graffiti contributor Ben Ray. Ben is a freelance writer, check him out at What’s Required


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