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    A YEAR-OLD BABY IN ENGLAND HAS BEEN GIVEN SIGHT BY CONTACT LENSES. THE BABY, MARK?

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    BABY BEING FED; CONTACT LENSES BEING FITTED; INTERVIEW WITH DOCTOR.



    TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "HOW IS THE PATIENT PROGRESSING NOW?"



    DOCTOR: "WELL MR. CLINTON AND I ARE VERY PLEASED ABOUT HIM. THE BABY ON THE FIRST OCCASION HE WORE THE LENSES FOR 24 HOURS, WAS ABLE TO PICK UP HIS RATTLE AND THE CUP, AND SEE IT QUITE CLEARLY AND HE APPARENTLY WOKE UP ONE NIGHT, WHICH HE'S NEVER DONE BEFORE, WITH HIS CONTACT LENSES, FRIGHTENED BECAUSE HE COULD SEE IN THE DARK AND WAS WONDERING WHAT IT WAS ALL ABOUT."




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    Background: A YEAR-OLD BABY IN ENGLAND HAS BEEN GIVEN SIGHT BY CONTACT LENSES. THE BABY, MARK CAVELL, WAS BORN BLIND WITH CATARACTS COVERING BOTH EYES. NOW DOCTORS SAY HE WILL PROBABLY BE ABLE TO WEAR LENSES FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE.

    WHEN MARK WAS FIVE MONTHS OLD HE HAD AN OPERATION TO REMOVE THE CATARACTS. IMPRESSIONS OF HIS PUPILS WERE TAKEN SO THAT THE LENSES COULD BE MOULDED. THE OPERATION WAS A SUCCESS AND MARK BECAME THE YOUNGEST PATIENT TO RECEIVE THIS KIND OF TREATMENT.

    FITTING HAS BEEN A SLOW PROCESS. UNDER THE CARE OF DOCTORS AND OPTICAN, MR. CLINTON, THE BABY WORE THE LENSES FOR JUST A FEW HOURS AT FIRST UNTIL HE BECAME COMPLETELY USED TO THE SLIGHT PRESSURE ON HIS EYES AND LEARNED TO RELAX.

    THE TREATMENT WAS CARRIED OUT UNDER BRITAIN'S NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE AND THE COST TO MR. CAVELL, A LORRY DRIVER, AND HIS WIFE WAS ONLY GBP1 - 5 SHILLINGS.

    THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME CONTACT LENSES HAVE BEEN FITTED TO A BABY. THERE HAVE BEEN RARE CASES BEFORE, BUT MARK IS THE YOUNGEST BABY TO HAVE THEM. ONE REPORTER SPOKE TO A DOCTOR:

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    Film ID:
    VLVA16L2XRWVU5UR4KT4JL6BKU9C0
    Media URN:
    VLVA16L2XRWVU5UR4KT4JL6BKU9C0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/12/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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