Monday, August 17, 2015

Tucson man gets rare cornea transplant

KVOA | Monica Garcia

A Tucson man is undergoing a rare cornea transplant Tuesday morning.

If everything goes well, John Salazar will be able to see clearly out of his left eye, something he hasn't been able to do for years.

John said he's hoping the third time is a charm, after his left eye has rejected two cornea transplants in two years. John wears an eye patch to protect his left eye.

John also has multiple sclerosis and said getting his sight back will help him improve his quality of life.

He started losing his eyesight 35 years ago due to a condition called Keratoconus.

Since then, he's had multiple cornea transplants in both eyes, but each time the matching cornea became infected and he lost his sight again.

With a shortage of organ and tissue donors, we asked John if he'll stay on the list until he finds a perfect match. Continue reading

KVOA | | Tucson, Arizona


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