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February 27, 2008

Blind Irishman Gets Sight Partially Restored With His Son's Tooth in his Eye

Yeah, I know. The headline alone made me say WTF?

Osteo-Odonto-Keratoprosthesis.

Near as I could figure out from the name, bone-tooth-eye prosthesis.

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.

Blinded in an accident 2 years ago, he says he sees well enough now to get around and watch television, so you know, there's a downside.

Remarkable stuff.


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