Boy’s eyesight saved by pig eye transplant

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A 14-year-old boy from Jiangxi, China can see again thanks to receiving part of a pig's eye.

The boy's right eye was injured by fireworks during the Chinese New Year, according to the South China Morning Post.

Surgeons from Zhongshan University are the first in southern China to successfully transplant the cornea from a pig's eye into a human eye.

Human cornea transplants there are rare because there simply are not enough donors to meet demand.

After the medical success, Mashable reports that doctors are hopeful that up to half of China's five million people suffering from corneal blindness may also receive pig eye transplants.

Doctors completed the boy's surgery last month.

His eyesight is still improving but doctors say he's expected to regain full vision with further treatment.

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