Stem cell operation gives child her sight

A two-year-old British girl who underwent a pioneering stem cell procedure in China is now able to see for the first time.


Dakota Clarke was born blind and suffers from septo-optic dysplasia, meaning her optic nerve was not properly developed.

But she can now see after becoming the first Briton to have the surgery in China, which is carried out by taking stem cells from an umbilical cord and putting them into her bloodstream through her forehead.

Dakota began to develop sight after several weeks of treatment, which cost £30,000.

She is one of only a few people in the world to have had the procedure, which UK doctors have warned may not have permanent effects and is not fully proven.

Recently, a Californian art gallery put up work by blind artists. reported how Creative Vision: An Exhibition on Vision and Perception was displayed at the Horton Gallery in San Joaquin Delta College.

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