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Blinded Man Undergoes Revolutionary Surgery
Fox Health Watch, Channel 2 KT VI_St. Louis, Tom O'Neal, reporting

May 14th, 2006

Brad Barnes was blinded in an industrial accident 12 years ago. Last year, Washington University 's Dr. Randal Paniello transplanted a salivary gland from under his jaw to his temple to restore moisture to his eyes. That has enabled Brad to undergo a unique surgery that could restore his sight.

Dr. Ming Wang is using new technology developed at his vision institute in Nashville to create a pocket in the eye and insert an artificial cornea. Dr. Wang says that Brad's eyesight won't be what it was, but it will be functional. "It's not 20-20. It's to restore vision from nearly complete darkness to some degree of vision one can take care of yourself at home."

In 3 months, Brad will return to Nashville to have the bandages removed. Dr. Wang told Fox 2 the combination of the salivary gland transplant done and his laser-assisted Alphacor artificial cornea surgery is a world's first.**

**This procedure is not FDA approved and is being performed off-label.

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