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Irish Man Can See Again after Son's Tooth is Placed in His Eye

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.

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Comment by Ms. hemidemisemiquaver on March 11, 2008 at 11:19
The greatest stories in life are when reality has more ironies and bizarre twists than science fiction. Cool!!!!
Comment by HanSolo on March 8, 2008 at 1:37
I wasn't sure about the tooth either but maybe it was used so his body wouldn't reject it. Either way, it sure sounds like a crazy report. lol
Comment by Martin (NL) on March 8, 2008 at 0:58
alright, I've looked it up, and it appears to be real. But this Irishman wasn't the first, or an exceptional case. One of many. I do wonder why they need a tooth though. can't they use plastic or something?
Comment by HanSolo on March 7, 2008 at 23:02
Ok, then, so is it a false story or what? I am so confused! lol
Comment by Martin (NL) on March 7, 2008 at 16:36
haha lol! Even after I only read the title, an alarm bell screaming "Hoax! Hoax!" went of in me head.
This is like the article that "proved" fellatio was good for women's health, complete with names of a non-existant university and doctors.
Comment by HanSolo on March 7, 2008 at 2:50
Ok, after further investigation, I found a website that proves me wrong. I humbly ask for forgivness and hope this procedure will help many people. But you have to admit, it did sound a little hoakie. Sorry.
Comment by HanSolo on March 7, 2008 at 2:47
Not to be mean or anything but this is totally preposterous. There is no way possible for a tooth to replace an eye. I wish it were true but there is no way it is. Unless it is an eyetooth.

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