CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1997 |
The number of corneas harvested from bodies at the Los Angeles County coroner's office dropped nearly 70% last month under a new policy that requires death investigators to contact family members for permission before removing the eye tissue, statistics released Tuesday show.
December 10, 1999 |
Scientists have grown nearly complete human corneas in a laboratory dish for the first time, fashioning a possible new tool to replace animals in some product safety testing and advancing toward an abundant future supply of vital tissue to help restore sight in people. The scientists say the bioengineered tissue has many key properties of a real human cornea, the pupil's transparent covering.
September 25, 2006 |
THE cornea of the eye seems so simple a structure -- yet it's so important and so tricky to re-create in a lab. It is the eye's protective window, keeping out dirt, debris and germs. It's a lens that helps focus light so that we can see. But when a cornea becomes cloudy or scarred from disease, injury or infection, the path of light into the eye can be distorted or blocked, resulting in blindness. Transplanting human corneas from cadavers can restore someone's vision.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 1998 |
Richard Baltierra sought solace in the family photographs after his only son and namesake took his life with a shotgun two years ago. He would look into the shining brown eyes of the boy he had taken bowling and fishing and ask, "What was going through your mind?" But when Baltierra picked up the report of the autopsy two weeks after the death, he noticed a mysterious notation--"Corneas CGC24791.47."
November 2, 1997 |
A renowned eye bank has paid more than $1 million during the last five years to the Los Angeles County coroner's office in exchange for thousands of corneas, harvested without the permission or knowledge of the families of the dead. Although the practice is permitted under a little-known state law, officials of the coroner's office and Doheny Eye & Tissue Transplant Bank have used the statute so extensively that critics say the morgue has become a virtual cornea mill.
December 7, 1993 |
On the afternoon of Oct. 1, a violent death set in motion a chain of events that ended with a minor medical miracle. Involved in the outcome were ordinary people inextricably linked by grief and hope who would never know one another, and medical professionals who every day deal with death to enhance life. Chance, coincidence, fortunate and tragic circumstance, luck both good and bad, senselessness and selflessness and skill all played their hand.