The Hospital Augustine O'Horan, located in Merida witnessed a historic event for the facility. Performed recently were the first two corneal transplants to take place in the hosptial, of which experts believe marks a new phase for the donation and transplantation of organs in the body within the region.
Corneal transplantation, also known as corneal grafting, is a surgical procedure where a damaged or diseased cornea is replaced by donated corneal tissue (the graft) in its entirety (penetrating keratoplasty) or in part (lamellar keratoplasty). The graft has been removed from a recently deceased individual with no known diseases or other factors that may affect the viability of the donated tissue or the health of the recipient. The cornea is the transparent front part of the eye that covers the iris, pupil and anterior chamber. The surgical procedure is performed by ophthalmologists, medical doctors who specialize in eyes, and is often done on an outpatient basis.
The interventions were conducted in the newly opened Ambulatory Surgery Units, located next to the main entrance of the hospital. According to staff within the hospital the first transplant was successfully performed Monday afternoon on an older adult and according to reports, Sunday from 2:30 pm marked the time surgery began on the second, the recipient being a young adult. Experts expect a full recovery in both cases.
The family of the donor can live comforted knowing that two people have regained the joy of sight as a result of their goodwill and generosity.