Woman's Sight Restored Using Tooth

After nine years of blindness, a Mississippi woman can now see after surgeons used one of her teeth to repair her eye.

Doctors at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute used the tooth to build a structure that allows a small tube to bring light rays into her eye. They say it's the first time the procedure has been used in the U.S. Kay Thornton now has 20-70 vision, and says she's savoring every moment of vision. Her first sight? Seeing her doctor putting medication into her eye, and noticing a color for the first time. She shouted "It's yellow!"

Doctors are hopeful the same technique can help U.S. soldiers who've been blinded in battle.


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  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Sep 19, 2009 at 11:30 PM
    Wow... Chase, can't you just be happy for this woman and say something nice instead of being an insensitive jerk?! If your sight was restored, would Obama's health care plan be the first thing on your mind? Come on... really! Congratulations to this woman... I hope you see all your family and friends.
  • by Cindi Location: Simpson on Sep 18, 2009 at 06:51 AM
    I too have Stevens-Johnson syndrome.It's a shame you have to have the SEVERE reaction before knowing you have SJ.You can go from no signs to near death.I am so glad for this lady.
  • by Rosebud Location: Lagrange on Sep 18, 2009 at 06:24 AM
    I thank God for the Docters that did this procedure, one day it could be me or anyone of you.
  • by Chase Location: In my chair on Sep 17, 2009 at 01:37 PM
    She is glad to have this done before Obama takes health care over.
  • by bet on Sep 17, 2009 at 01:18 PM
    r u all idiots, u has no belief in anything, with God, all things is possible.
  • by Rabbitt Location: Here and There on Sep 17, 2009 at 01:13 PM
    That is whats wrong with the world now. Look at ur own comments! She has been blinded to almost 10 yrs and can now see and you all want to make smart comments about what she qouted on the color yellow and a smart alec speaking of Ear wax. I understand it supposed to be free speech but come on give her a break. I dont know what she went thru in the years she was blind but im sure it wasnt pleasant. It would have been different if she was blind all her life. Im sure it was harder for someone to have seen before and then lose sight. What would you do if youlost your sight. I just pray that all works well with her new sight and I pray for all of you who just has to bash people. IN GOD WE TRUST ~ I do believe ~
  • by Ned on Sep 17, 2009 at 09:25 AM
    Oh that's nothing. My hearing was restored when the doctor got the wax out of my ears.
  • by your answer on Sep 17, 2009 at 07:52 AM
    it states in the first sentence that she was blind for nine years, which means she wasnt blind her whole life, she must have remembered what yellow looked like...
  • by missy Location: Goldsboro on Sep 17, 2009 at 07:47 AM
    Idk: The article said she'd been blind for 9 years - not forever. I'm sure she learned her colors before she went blind.
  • by Millie Location: Greenville on Sep 17, 2009 at 07:40 AM
    To ldk. Her eyesight was restored. Meaning she was able to see at some point before going blind.
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