First human eye transplant

April 22, 1969

First human eye transplant

Doctors at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, made medical history on April 22, 1969, when they performed the first human eye transplant on 54-year-old John Madden. Because the donor eye had not been preserved enough to keep it viable, the procedure failed to restore Madden's sight. The procedure itself, however, went down in history as a medical miracle.

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