To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE


SHARE THIS ARTICLE Printer friendly version of this page

First-in-human Implantation of a New Synthetic Cornea a Success, Restoring the Vision of a 78-year-old Grandfather: 'It's My Treasure to Be Able to See'

Abigail Klein Leichman : Jan 22, 2021  Israel21c.org

“The moment we took off the bandages was an emotional and significant moment. Moments like these are the fulfillment of our calling as doctors." -Dr. Irit Bahar

[Israel21c.org] Jamal Furani from Haifa wasn't able to see his new grandchild until January 3, when he became the first patient to receive the KPro artificial cornea from CorNeat Vision in Ra'anana. (Image: Jamal Furani reading a vision chart a day after receiving the KPro artificial cornea from CorNeat, surrounded by his surgeon, Dr. Irit Bahar, CorNeat cofounder Dr. Gilad Litvin and Furani's daughter Khulud. Screenshot from Channel 13 /via Israel21c)

The 78-year-old Arab Israeli gradually lost most of his vision over the past decades due to corneal disease. He had four donor transplants to try to restore his vision, but all failed.

Dr. Irit Bahar, chief of ophthalmology at Beilinson Hospital of Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva, explained that each successive surgery has less chance of success. The synthetic cornea changed all that.

The day after the KPro was introduced on January 3, Bahar said she was shocked at how well Furani was able to read a vision chart and to recognize family members.

"The moment we took off the bandages was an emotional and significant moment. Moments like these are the fulfillment of our calling as doctors," she said.

As for Furani, he said to the doctors, "As much as you are happy, I am even happier. It's my treasure" to be able to see.

"The innovation here stems from the ability to take something totally synthetic that has no cells or tissue and implant it in the wall of the eye so that it essentially becomes part of the body," CorNeat cofounder Dr. Gilad Litvin, inventor of the KPro, told Channel 13 news.

Only last July, the first in-human trials of the CorNeat synthetic cornea were approved at Beilinson, as ISRAEL21c reported.

Almog Aley-Raz, CorNeat Vision's cofounder, CEO & VP R&D, said: "The CorNeat KPro's first-in-human implantation is just the first step in a multinational clinical trial, geared toward attaining CE Mark, FDA clearance and China NMPA approval.

"A total of 10 patients are approved for the trial at Rabin Medical Center in Israel with two additional sites planned to open this January in Canada and six others at different stages in the approval process in France, the US, and the Netherlands.

"Our first trial includes blind patients who are not suitable candidates for—or have failed one or more—corneal transplantations. Given the exceptional visual performance of our device, the expected healing time and retention, and the fact that it cannot carry disease, we plan to initiate a second study later this year with broader indications to approve our artificial cornea as a first line treatment, displacing the use of donor tissue used in full thickness corneal transplantations." Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here







SHARE THIS ARTICLE Printer friendly version of this page

To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE

Other Recent Articles from Breaking Christian News

'Good News That Heals, Saves, Frees': Let Us Worship Events, Album Offer Hope and Healing

US Senate Passes $1.9 Trillion COVID Relief Bill That Funds Abortions

Your Tax Dollars at Work?: Lawmakers Demand Investigation of NIH 'Secretively' Funneling US Tax Dollars to Notorious Wuhan Lab

Texas Gov. Abbott Launches 'Operation Lone Star' to Combat Smuggling at Southern Border

Texas State Representative Introduces Bill to Finish Border Wall Construction

NY Gov. Cuomo Remains Defiant as Calls for His Resignation Rise

California Recall Campaign: We Have the Signatures to Recall Gavin Newsom

Allen West: Brilliance of First Amendment Will Protect Religious Freedom from 'Equality Act'

Comedian Gabriel Iglesias Blasts Cancel Culture after NYT Columnist Complains about Speedy Gonzales as 'Corrosive Stereotype'

Arkansas Legislature Sends Bill to Ban Nearly All Abortions to Governor's Desk

Tennessee, Mississippi Ban Transgender Athletes from Competing in Girls' Sports

Crisis on the Border: Biden Immigration Policy a 'Green Light' to Child Traffickers

'We Cannot Stop Searching': Operation Rescues 150 Missing Kids in TN, But There Are More to Be Found

5 States Lift Mask Mandates and Even This Blue State Lifted Restrictions as Senate Takes up $1.9T Spending Plan

'Healthy' 28-Year-Old Mom Dies Suddenly Following Second Pfizer Vaccine

NY Public Library Stands Up to Cancel Culture: Won't Pull Seuss Titles Because It 'Does Not Censor Books'

Former Marine Supernaturally Healed of PTSD Now Serves Other Wounded Warriors

'We Cannot Remain Silent': Urgent Letter from Franklin Graham Regarding the So-Called 'Equality Act'

NY Democrat Jerry Nadler Asserts 'God's Will is No Concern of This Congress' during Debate Over Equality Act

VP Mike Pence Delivers a Strong Warning on Dems' Election Overhaul Legislation in Congress Now [Take Action]



Search the Articles Archives

Keyword:  
Author:  
Words Posted On:  
Day Month Year



BCN Plus

An BCN Paid Advertisement
Follow BCN on Twitter
Are You Praying for Our Government Leaders?
BCN Staff

Steve Shultz
Steve Shultz, Managing Editor
Founder and Owner


Aimee Herd
Aimee Herd, Editor


BCN Plus
Are You Praying for President Trump?
 
 
BCN Contact Info

All articles on this site and emails from BCN are copyrighted property of Breaking Christian News. Permission is given to link to, or share a BCN story if proper attribution is given to both the original writer and summarizer of the story. Breaking Christian News 2005-2019. All Rights Reserved.


Breaking Christian News is a division of Elijah List Publications, Inc. All Rights Reserved


Disclaimer: Articles and links, as well as the source articles linked to; do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Breaking Christian News.

editor@breakingchristiannews.com