Irish Man Can See Again after Son's Tooth is Placed in His Eye
(March 1, 2008)
"I have come out from complete darkness to be able to do simple things."
(Dublin, Ireland)—County Mayo resident, 57-year-old Bob McNichol, was blinded by an explosion two years ago. Today he’s is seeing again after doctors inserted his son's tooth and its root, along with part of his son's jawbone, in his eye. You read that right: the son's tooth was inserted into the father's eye. (Photo: AFP file)
"I thought that I was going to be blind for the rest of my life," McNichol told RTE radio.
According to an AFP report, McNichol had heard about a miracle operation called Osteo-Odonto-Keratoprosthesis (OOKP) being performed by Dr. Christopher Liu at the Sussex Eye Hospital in Brighton in England, in which a patient's tooth and accompanying bone creates a support for an artificial cornea. The technique was pioneered in Italy.
Notes the report: "McNichol's right eye socket was rebuilt, part of the tooth inserted and a lens inserted in a hole drilled in the tooth."
"Now I have enough sight for me to get around and I can watch television. I have come out from complete darkness to be able to do simple things," McNichol said.