Nature doesn’t usually need human intervention to survive and progress, but sometimes it can use a little help from a friend. The hero of our day is Dr Andre d’Hemecourt, a specialist who knows best about laser eye surgery, as he performed the procedure on hundreds of human patients. Two weeks ago, d’Hemencourt took his knowledge to the next level and saved a falcon from blindness.
The ophthalmologist working at the Eye Center of Concord reacted immediately after wildlife savers called him to perform a cataract surgery on a bird of prey. A human ophthalmologist was as savvy and capable as an animal doctor and the successful result is here to confirm that.
A simple and efficient procedure made international news
It is now clearer than ever that the world becomes a better and healthier place with small gestures of kindness and knowledge, spread in little corners that can benefit from survival, hence progress.
The falcon is called Banner and is pampered and well-groomed by Nancy Cowan, a woman who together with her husband runs the New Hampshire School of Falconry in Deering. The 5 year old bird had cataract surgery last year in September, a procedure which successfully improved Banner’s sight, but an incomplete one, as it left scars and a cloudy membrane on the bird’s eyes. After the cataract surgery, its full vision was still hindered. The next step was laser eye surgery which proved to be an all-time success.
The entire procedure took six months of preparation and coordination. Dr. d’Hemecourt gathered together a team of experts and performed the delicate intervention which took an hour. The entire procedure took place at the Capital Area Veterinary Emergency Service in Concord, on June 22.
An unconventional surgery calls for special measures
The procedure was carried out with extreme safety, no alarms and no surprises, but with extremely delicate logistics that needed to be cleared out before everything fell into place. Dr. d’ Hemecourt needed approval to be able to operate on a nonhuman patient. Also, the procedure could not be performed on a hospital dedicated to human healthcare and the entire team needed to gather together their forces in order to get the proper equipment to another dafe place.
With a little vision and perspective, something that seems almost impossible can become a reality. In the world of science and medicine impossible is nothing, as the marvelous results of a simple procedure performed on a falcon shows.
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