Innovative treatment saves woman"s sight

Innovative treatment saves woman"s sight

A former marine suffering from a vision-threatening disease has had her sight and possibly her life saved thanks to an innovative operation.

Debra Fortune, who served for the US military in Iraq, was diagnosed with a rare type of tumour which endangered her sight as it pressed against her optic nerve and for a while it looked as if she may lose her vision, News OK reported.

However, she opted to visit a company called Procure for something called proton treatment, in a bid to stave off blindness and treat the benign brain tumours, known as optic nerve sheath meningioma.

Five days a week, for six weeks, Ms Fortune wore a customised mask that sends radiation into the tumour twice a day for one minute at a time, and it began to attack the tumour, eventually saving her vision.

She told the news provider: "I say it smells like burned brain, but it"s my tumour going up in smoke."

by Alexa Kaczka

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