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Science News: A woman who regained her vision after thirty years described her miraculous recovery as ‘bittersweet’ today, struggling with the fact her husband no longer looks 25.

Jane Motley, who married her childhood sweetheart Richard in 1982, went completely blind four years after they were married.

Doctors, using a pioneering technique whereby one of Mrs Motley’s teeth was used as a scaffold for an artificial cornea, managed to replace her damaged cornea with the new prosthesis.

Joy turned to disappointment, however, when she saw how much her husband had let himself go.

Obviously I could feel the paunch growing over the years,” said Jane. “I wasn’t expecting him to have the champion swimmer’s physique I fell in love with – but… he just looks so knackered. And jowly. And grey. And this teeth are yellow. And he waddles.”

That recognition in her eyes, that she was actually seeing things, was a truly magical moment,” said Richard Motely, “and then she said ‘where’s Richard?’ and I said ‘here, love, it’s me, holding your hand’ and her face just sort of dropped.”

Now she’s refusing to take the eye patches off. It’s all getting quite tricky.”

Story: Jasper Gibson


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