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Posted on 06-02-2016

Pig eye transplant: Chinese boy saved from blindness by porcine cornea

By Léa Surugue, International Business Times
March 11, 2016 15:47 GMT

Pig cornea transplants are carried out in China.(Getty Images)

In China, a 14-year-old boy regained sight after a successful cornea transplant carried out last month in the city of Guangzhou. Doctors from Zhongshan University used part of a pig's eye, the cornea, to restore his vision.

According to the South China Morning Post, the young boy had been blinded in his right eye by a firecracker during New Year celebrations. His condition was now stable, and he was progressively recovering all his eye sight.

The cornea is the eye's transparent, outermost layer. It covers the front of the eye. Since the need for human donor corneas worldwide far exceeds supply, pig cornea transplant is increasingly viewed as a good solution to help people suffering from cornea blindness, like this teenager.

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