Wednesday, July 8, 2009

man regains sight by getting a tooth in his eye

Martin Jones, 42, was in an unfortunate accident 12 years ago that left him blind. A tub of hot aluminum exploded in his face and burned his eyes and 37% of his body.

The fire completely destroyed his left eye. Fortunately, the doctors were able to save the right eye, but it was damaged and blinded.

Mr. Jones remained blind until recently when he received a new and delicate procedure:
Doctors removed one of Jones' canine teeth and inserted into his eyeball.

The canine tooth had been removed and was first inserted into his cheek for three months. There, the tooth grew some new tissue and blood vessels. The tooth was then drilled and fitted with a special optical lens.

Finally, in an amazing procedure, Dr. Christopher Liu inserted the tooth into Mr. Jones' right eyeball where it now serves as a lens-holder.

Mr. Jones is thrilled to have his sight back. He has now seen his new wife for the first time and is observing all the changes that have taken place around him in the last 12 years.

He said, "The first car I saw when my sight was restored was a Smart car and I couldn't stop laughing – I'd never seen one before and I thought it had been chopped in half.

"Getting my sight back has changed my life. It is such a precious gift and you don't really appreciate it until it is taken away.

"I have been so fortunate that my sight has been returned. I find it such a simple pleasure being able to see what is going on in the world."

http://snipr.com/mc673 [www_telegraph_co_uk]

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thus redefining eyetooth forever.

What a good story!

Pat R.

friendinME said...

yes, Pat... :)

It also redefines "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth" to "a tooth for an eye, no tooth for the mouth."