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They transplant her cornea, she sees her father's face again after 30 years


After thirty years he was able to see his father's face again: a cornea transplant restored sight to a 38-year-old Peruvian woman. (HANDLE)

(ANSA) - POZZUOLI, OCTOBER 27 - After thirty years he was able to see his father's face again: a cornea transplant in fact restored sight to a 38-year-old Peruvian woman. The intervention was carried out in the Santa Maria delle Grazie hospital in Pozzuoli, at the center of a humanitarian axis that united Peru with Italy. Nora Vanesa Acosta Guerra, this is the name of the patient, is originally from Lima (Peru) and when she was a child, due to a serious eye infection, she completely lost her sight. Often, in fact, in countries with a precarious health service, a trivial ocular infection that is not adequately treated can degenerate, ruining the cornea and leading to blindness. Among other things, a health system weakened by the Covid-19 pandemic could not guarantee the necessary care to restore sight to Nora Vanesa.Thanks to a solidarity chain of a network of doctors, the woman arrived in Italy and underwent surgery at the civil hospital of Pozzuoli, in the ophthalmology department directed by Mario Sbordone. "For us who work for the Public Health System, what matters is the patient's well-being, regardless of nationality, condition of origin and type of disease - said Antonio d'Amore, general director of ASL Napoli 2 Nord - . Episodes like these remind us of the Mission that is at the basis of the choice of the medical profession and show us how precious the National Health System is for all of us. Public health is a good that each of us - concluded D'Amore - must protect with the utmost attention ".The Peruvian woman was discharged 24 hours after the operation and after thirty years she was able to see her father's face again. The cornea transplant was performed by Mario Sbordone and his team at the ophthalmology department of Santa Maria delle Grazie, a Unit that in 2019 alone, the year of pre-pandemic, performed about 1500 surgeries and 900 intravitreal injections. (HANDLE).

Source: ansa

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