Blind man, Martin Jones has seen his wife for the very first time after surgeons successfully restored his sight using one of his TEETH.
Yes! You read that one right!
Martin Jones, age 42, was blinded when a tub of molten aluminium exploded in his face while he was working in a scrapyard 12 years ago. He married care worker Gill, age 50. For eight years he has never seen her… until surgeons performed the incredible operation to regain his vision.
Overjoyed Martin said,
I met my wife when I was blind and when I found out there was a chance I would get my sight back the first person I wanted to see was her. The doctors took the bandages off and it was like looking through water and then I saw this figure and it was her. It was unbelievable. She looked so beautiful. If felt fantastic getting my sight back. I can’t describe it, it is beyond words.”
Way back from the incident, Martin suffered 37 % burns when he was covered in the 600 degree Celsius of liquid. He had to wear a body stocking for 23 hours a day as doctors treated his horrific burns. His left eye was so badly damaged that is why, it had to be removed.
His right eye was saved but couldn’t see out of it. He thought he’d go blind forever. Until it was decided he was suitable for surgery.
One of his canine teeth was removed and a tiny hole was drilled into it to hold a special optical lens. So a canine – which is the best option due to its shape and size – was taken out of his mouth. The tooth was then inserted into Martin’s cheek for 3 months to enable it to grow new tissue and blood vessels. The lens was then fitted into the hole and the tooth was inserted into his right eyeball.
The operation was done by Brighton surgeon Christopher Lui, the only person in the UK who carries out the procedure. Well done, Dr. Lui!
Within 2 weeks, Martin could see for the first time in 12 years. The implant works by the lens allowing light into the eye which restores his vision.
When I first heard about the technique I couldn’t believe it. I don’t think many people can. My friends just don’t believe me. They think I’m pulling their leg or have just made it up. But when I take my glasses off they say ‘oh my God’ because my eye looks like something out of a sci-fi movie. They’re just amazed at it. I was blind for 12 years and when my sight came back everything changed.
The first car I saw when my sight was restored was a Smart car and I couldn’t stop laughing. I thought someone had chopped the car in half. Getting my sight back has changed my life. I used to walk with a white stick but now I find pleasure in being able to see what is going on in the world.”
The results, however, were not aesthetically pleasing, with the operation leaving someone having a ‘demonic’ eye, but considering it can restore people’s vision, it’s a small price to pay!
The doctors took the bandages off and it was like looking through water and then I saw this figure and it was her. She’s wonderful and lovely. It was unbelievable to see her for the first time.