Blind Man Regains Sight After Doctors Implant Son’s Tooth in His Eye

(Thursday, February 28th, 2008)

blind man.jpgThe 57-year-old Irishman was blinded two years ago after an aluminum explosion at a recycling plant, AFP reported Thursday. His sight has been miraculously restored after doctors inserted his son’s tooth in his eye.

After doctors told McNichol there was nothing more they could do for him, he heard about an offbeat operation called Osteo-Odonto-Keratoprosthesis (OOKP) being performed in England.

OOKP, first performed in Italy in the 1960s, involves creating an artificial cornea by using the patient’s tooth and surrounding bone as a support, AFP reported.

McNichol’s son Robert, 23, donated a tooth, its root and part of his jaw for his father’s surgery. McNichol’s right eye socket was rebuilt, and a lens was inserted into a hole drilled in Robert’s tooth. The procedure required two surgeries lasting a total of 15 hours.

“It is pretty heavy going,” McNichol told RTE state radio. “I have enough sight to get around. I have come out from complete darkness to be able to do simple things.”

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19 Comments

  1. nach says:

    EYE am amazed! Just curious does he have to brush his eye now and go to the dentist for his eye problems???

  2. yitzchokm says:

    ripley’s believe it or not?
    come on!

  3. illuyotzum says:

    Shain Tachas Eiyin!

  4. Mashbak1 says:

    Is he a yoitze bshein vayin?

  5. czelasko says:

    What a miracle!

  6. charvona says:

    #3 Git gezukt

  7. Yael says:

    It’s not Purim yet!

  8. telegrok says:

    Ma rabu ma’asecha – further evidence of the wonder of HaShem’s universe, and the gift that He dispenses to physicians and scientists who are His agents to the world.

  9. tina18 says:

    Him and his son dont see eye to eye

  10. lgbg says:

    i wonder what type of toothpaste he uses.

  11. hscohen1 says:

    Moh rabu maasecha HaShem

  12. PloniAlmoni says:

    Baruch (Hapokaiach Ivrim) She’nasan mechachmaso l’basar v’dam! Truly an “eye-opener”!

  13. HonestAbe says:

    WOW!!!

  14. shishlik says:

    i think he gonna use dr eye toothpaste maybe colgate

  15. yenta4life says:

    Where does he go for contacts, the dentist?

  16. justsmile613 says:

    EYE gevalt!

  17. Imanonov says:

    Irish tooth fairy!

  18. Baal Boose says:

    Interesting to note oneof the teeth is called “eyetooth”

  19. dont have internet says:

    strage, weird

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