A cornea donated from the eye of an IDF spaceman saved a toddler's sight

A cornea donated from the eye of an IDF spaceman saved a toddler's sight

One year and three months ago, a two-year-old toddler came to the emergency room at Shaare Zedek Medical Center when she was suffering from a severe infection in both eyes. The toddler suffered from a severe infection of the cornea with a penetrating wound in the eye and due to the urgency to save her vision Sha'are Zedek experts implanted a frozen cornea which is reserved for such emergency situations until a new cornea is found for her. In her second eye as well, the toddler underwent a simpler procedure.

After several months, the temporary implant that allowed maintaining the normal structure of the eye in the acute phase lost its transparency and it became necessary to perform another corneal transplant using the technique of an implant within an implant. But unfortunately the new implant was not absorbed successfully, which led to the need for a third transplant in this eye.

About 4 months ago, the family of a fighter who fell in the battle in Gaza decided to donate his horn. The warrior's cornea was brought to Shaare Zedek and implanted in the girl's eye, the third time a cornea has been implanted in her right eye. The transplant, unlike the transplant that preceded it, was successful, the transplant was fully absorbed and the toddler was able to see again. The toddler was treated by Dr. Liron Berkowitz and Dr. Elena Drevkin together with a wide team of the ophthalmology department at Shaare Zedek.

Dr. Berkowitz says: “Y. went through a long series of treatments, and experienced significant damage to her eyes. After many surgeries, a soldier's eye saved Y's sight, and there is nothing exciting about that. I wish Y'h continued recovery and healing and many condolences to the family of the hero soldier.”

Y's father added: “In the last year and a half we have met good messengers at Shaare Zedek who accompany us on the experimental path. From the news of a rare and serious damage to our daughter's eyes (8 months old) and low chances of sight to the return of sight in both eyes. The process was complex, four corneal transplants, ups and downs and miracles along the way, and in particular in the last month she regained sight in one eye after months of disuse.'

He also said that “we thank the hospital staff and in a special way to Dr. Liron Berkowitz and all the doctors of the eye department and Professor Zadok, and to Malchiot Pediatric Surgery, Eye Day Hospital and the operating room staff, who were with us in the good times and in the bad times, with dedicated and heartfelt professionalism.”

Photo: Shaare Tzedek

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