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Surgeons Implanted A Tooth in Her Eye

Discussion in 'JF Doctor' started by X-PASTER, Sep 19, 2009.


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    Surgeons Implanted A Tooth in Her Eye.

    A formerly blind grandmother has regained her sight after surgeons implanted a tooth in her eye.


    American granny Sharron Thornton, 60, was blind for nine years after contracting Stevens-Johnsons syndrome, a rare disease that scarred her cornea.

    But doctors in Miami, Florida, made history after extracting her canine and drilling an optical cylinder lens into it.

    Ms Thornton is the first person ever to have her "eye tooth" taken out, reshaped and inserted in this type of surgery.

    She said: "We take sight for granted, not realising that it can be lost at any moment. This truly is a miracle.

    "If you could keep your eyes closed just for one week, it is amazing what you would see when you opened your eyes again."

    The tooth and the lens were implanted under her skin for two months so they could bond.

    They were then implanted in the centre of her eye, after a series of procedures to prepare the socket.

    The grandmother first realised she could see when doctors put antibiotics in her eye and she could tell the liquid was yellow.

    Once bandages were removed, she was able to recognise objects and faces within a few hours.

    Two weeks later she was able to read newspapers.

    "Through the work of the team, patients in the United States now have access to this complex surgical technique," said Bascom Palmer Eye Institutes's Eduardo Alfonso.

    Ms Thornton said it was hard to make people believe she had regained her sight thanks to one of her teeth.

    "I'm looking forward to seeing my seven youngest grandchildren for the first time," she said.

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    Absolutely wonderful... I hope a few doctors we have in JF will come to educate us more on this science. Kwangu naona kama kizunguzungu