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Doctors returned war veteran lost 66 years ago, vision

April 8 2008
14:15

87-year-old Scot, a veteran of World War II, blinded during combat operations in one eye, regained his eyesight after 66 years after the injury, reports BBC.

John Gray was seriously wounded in the head in 1941 during a Luftwaffe bombing planes of his hometown Clydeside, near Glasgow.

Doctors have warned John that restore vision in his right eye would be impossible. Many years later, John began to go blind in the other eye, and Scottish experts from the clinic Glasgow decided to conduct a survey and find out what can help people with disabilities.

The survey revealed that the retina is not affected, the problem was in the trauma lens. However, performing the operation was risky: the doctors were afraid that after so many decades, John's brain simply "forgotten" how to see the right eye and returning vision will "shock" to the brain tissue.

But the rapid loss of vision in the other eye has forced physicians to take the risk and operate on a patient. They replaced the scar tissue and the lens, then the first time in more than 60 years, John Gray saw around his right eye.

A few weeks part of the brain responsible for vision, "accustomed" to the new reality, gradually removing the black blindfold. Now a man can even read the fine print. However, the return of vision, lost in 1941 - a unique case.

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