“This is a huge deal,” Kia Washington, a professor of surgery at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus who has been working in the field for 15 years, told AFP, praising her colleagues.
Daniel Pelaez of the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, who is working toward the same goal, told AFP: “The transplantation of a human eye at NYU Langone represents an important moment in our common quest to restore vision. and provides hope.” Countless individuals around the world.”
James, who has an intact right eye, was considered an ideal candidate because his need for a face transplant meant he would need immunosuppressive drugs. This meant that an eye transplant would be worth the effort, even if it had only cosmetic value.
“I can smell again, I can eat again, taste food. For the first time in a year and a half I got to kiss my wife,” he told AFP in an interview. “I no longer want to go out in public and wear a mask or cover up.”
He added, “I want this to reach as many people as possible who might not know about this option – especially about the eye.” “Even if it didn’t work for me, it was a start, so maybe Rodriguez can learn to do something different next time.”