Nikolai Bely lost his eye-sight in result of a hard eye-burn. The frontal parts of?
Professor Krasnov's study
Last examination is going on
It is made by professor Krasnov
Professor and patient talking
M. Krasnov examines the patient's eye, gives him advice
CS of professor
Slowly tracking to show Bely
They both stand up, shake hands
LS of Bely and Krasnov
Professor shows patient out
In another study narrator and Krasnov
Narrator talks to professor. Track in
Close-up of professor talking about his work
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Professor and narrator Track in. Shots of laboratory
Again professor Krasnov in. LS
Bely and narrator walking down the alley patient's excited face out to MS Camera shows Bely
Bely and narrator
TRANSCRIPT: Professor Krasnov (addressing himself to Bely)
For the time being, these first day, I'll have to see you every month. If everything is like it is now then in a few months I'll take off these shackles from you and you'll live in freedom.
Very good, very good, thank you
But for the time being you'll be under our supervision.
That's all right thank you. Good bye, professor, great thanks, wish you luck, good health, further successes, all the best, I'm very thankful to all of you.
- Mikhail Mikhail, I congratulate you from my soul on the splendid way in which you performed this unique operation. The question has arisen - what prospects does the operation hold for the future? What can be expected from such an operation further?
- You see, I think that medicine in general, and in particular our field, eye surgery, can be compared in its little ways with a map, a geographical map their way it used to be 200-300 years ago. There used to be white spots, unexplored areas. Similarly, we've got a number of situations which are customarily referred to as hopeless. So, ours was precisely one such spot for very many years in the history of surgery until now. The way I see it, once the first step has been made we'll come to think more often of these operations because in principle it is not impossible that out of two eyes each of which is unfit in itself one can tailor a fitful eye out of two unfaithful ones. Cases like this are not so rare on the records, that is, very often something remains of one eye that you can adjust to the second one.
I think that we shall go on now working out this idea and I really believe that the time is not so remote when the second operation will have been made, then the third one, and then they just won't arouse so much interest.
We are developing now a whole series of new operations. They include transplanting or rather implanting the corney, no in actual fact it's transplanting. Then we implant there an artificial objective, a sort of an eye. New operations on glaucoma, new operations with ultra-sound, etc.
Of course, generally speaking, the one goal, supreme and alone, that we pose ourselves is to restore man's eye-sight, to reinstall man in his normal preoccupation.
- Today Nikolai I. Bely is leaving for Dnepropetrovsk People up there know about it, they'll come to meet him.
Well, naturally, they are all excited, I'm pretty much excited myself they'll be there to meet me. It's quite an appalling experience not to see greenery for so many years, to see nothing at all for three years, it's horrible, of course. And now I can see very well, I'm leaving absolutely delighted. I'm very thankful to the 52-nd hospital, professor Krasnov for his golden hands, for what he has done - returned light to me, made me a fitful man again, to doctor Pavel Ivanovich I'm very thankful and the entire personnel of the 52-nd hospital.
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Background: Nikolai Bely lost his eye-sight in result of a hard eye-burn. The frontal parts of both eyes, including the corney and crystallines were practically destroyed. The conventional-type operation, like for example, corney transplant, would have been unsuccessful, for in that case the transplanted tissue would never fit. Then, in the laboratory of eye micro-surgery professor Krasnov decided on an essentially new type of an operation. He reconstructed the frontal section of one eye out of the hind section of the other. Thereby the tissue incompatibility barrier was overcome. As a result, there came about a new eye made up as if out of two halves of the right and left eye. An optical device of transparent plastic was then implanted into the newly-formed eye, to substitute for the corney and crystalline. The last stage included making an apperture, a sort of a pupil, in the transplanted tissue. By that time the patient had regained his eye-sight to nearly 100 percent.
And so today the exciting moment has come for both the patient and medics:after three years' blindness Nikolai I. Bely can again read, write and walk without any assistance. Today is the last examination before his being discharged from the hospital.