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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:33 PM
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Implanted tooth helps blind US woman recover sight
Implanted tooth helps blind US woman recover sight

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MIAMI (AFP) A 60-year-old US grandmother, blind for nearly a decade, has recovered her sight after surgeons implanted a tooth in her eye as a base to hold a tiny plastic lens, her doctors said Wednesday.

Sharron "Kay" Thornton, from the southern US state of Mississippi, lost her sight in 2000 when she came down with a case of Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a rare disease that scarred her cornea, according to the University of Miami's Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

For patients whose bodies reject a transplanted or artificial cornea, this procedure "implants the patient's tooth in the eye to anchor a prosthetic lens and restore vision," said Thornton's surgeon Victor Perez.

In the procedure -- which was pioneered in Italy but was a first in the United States -- the medical team extracted Thornton's canine or "eyetooth" and surrounding bone, shaved and sculpted it, and drilled a hole into it to insert an optical cylinder lens.

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/healthresearchuseye



Sharron Kay Thornton (L) talks with her lead surgeon Victor Perez, M.D. during a press conference to discuss the procedure used during surgery for her to regain sight in her left eye at the University of Miami Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida.
(AFP/Getty Images/Joe Raedle)


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rockymountaindem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:34 PM
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1. Amazing! A scientific development from Italy, a country with a nationalized health system?
I thought that would be impossible :sarcasm:

Good for everybody. I love science.
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pleah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:04 PM
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2. K& R
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:07 PM
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3. A new proverb - "a tooth for an eye"
Modern medicine astounds me sometimes.
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the blues Donating Member (210 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:17 PM
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5. "a tooth for an eye" - Canuckistanian, that is hilarious
:rofl:
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 11:42 AM
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8. DUzy
:rofl:
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Spazito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 11:44 AM
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9. LOL!
Love it!

:rofl:
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Berry Cool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:13 PM
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4. What a great story! K&R
And I love the "a tooth for an eye"!!!
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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:23 PM
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6. What? It was pioneered in Italy? Italy, with their decentralized NHC is ahead
of the US on solutions? Say it isn't so! A Capitalistic approach is what we were told would be the only thing to work to help bring about research, solve real problems, etc. :sarcasm: :sarcasm: :sarcasm: :sarcasm: :sarcasm: :sarcasm: :sarcasm: :sarcasm:
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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 11:22 AM
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7. !
:-)


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librechik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:00 PM
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10. they used an eyetooth? Unbelievable!
and awesome
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