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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 21, 1912, Image 10

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successful operatidn riiighf be
performed. A preliminary exam
ination of the optic nerve is be
ing made by Dr. Phinizy Cal
houn, a noted oculist
When Clay'$ body falls through
the trap door of the gallows, his
eyes will be removed 'before the
body is taken from the death
chamber. They will be placed in
a warm saline solution and rush
ed to a hospital, where Cashin
Robert L. Clay, whose eyes-will
not die when hedies.
will be waiting, ready for the
operation.
The cornea, the "window of the
eye," the transparent cover
through which light enters, will
be cut from the good eyes of the
dead man and piit in place of the
useless, opaque cornea of the
news seller. ,
Clay has not given his permis
sion yet, but it is believed that
I 'Vfll not stand-in the way of the
operation.
Body-Grafting Cases.
Dr. Henry G. Lesser, 4 W. 93d
street, New York city, in 1903, ce
iioved the useless cornea from
the eyes of a man who had been
blind fdr sixteen years and put in
its place the c"ornea of a large rab
bit. Operation successful.
In November 1911, Dr. L. J.
Hammond, Philadelphia, put the
kidnevof a man killed in an auto
mo"bihraccidnt in place of a dis
eased kidney in a live man. Suc
cessful. In January, 1909, Dr. Wayne
Baficock, Philadelphia, made a
nose for Arthur Moyer out of a
part of the flesh of his forehead.
On April 10, 1912, Dr. Harold "
Hayes New York eye and ear in
firmary, took part of Miss Mary
Cooney's ninth rib and splitting
it, grafted it 'on in place of her
diseased nose. Now the rib looks ""
just as a nose should. i
In December, 1908, Professor
Erich Lexer, Konigsberg, Prus
sia, took a piece of bone from the'1
amputated leg of a man and made
a knee joint for an 18-year-old i
girl.
Remove Cornea Before Hanging,
Advises Noted Specialist.
Dr. George F. Suker, a noted
Chicago eye Specialist, thinks
there are good chances of success
in the proposed eye operation at
Atlanta.
"The cornea should be taken
from the dead person's eyes im-
mediatelythe breath has left the
body," he Said.
"In the case of a criminal who
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