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I told them to just get on with it; HEALTH: Difficult and revolutionary surgical procedure saves Jeremy's eyesight.

Byline: Warren Manger

COVENTRY granddad Jeremy Scott is looking forward to a brighter future after undergoing pioneering surgery which saved his sight.

Incredibly surgeons at University Hospital carried out the delicate operation through his eye - the first such operation in the UK and one of only a handful in the world.

And doctors believe it was the first time the pioneering technique had ever been used to cure such a seriously ill patient.

Surgeons at Coventry's super hospital inserted a needle and catheter through Jeremy's eye socket to treat a dangerous build up of blood deep inside his skull.

The kitchen and bathroom fitter, from Hillfields, said: "I didn't realise I was the first patient in the country to have this operation but I knew something was up because of the number of people who kept coming to see me. I told them to just get on with it."

Jeremy was suffering from a carotid cavernous fistula - an abnormal connection between two blood vessels in his skull which impaired his vision and restricted his ability to move his eyes. If left untreated, it could have blinded him or caused a stroke.

The father of four said: "Before the operation I had such bad double vision that I kept one eye shut.

"And I had constant headaches - it was like a serious migraine that lasted for 10-12 weeks. The light hurt my eyes and I could hardly get out of bed.

"One morning I looked in the mirror and saw blood in my eyes - that was pretty scary."

Doctors originally thought Jeremy was suffering from migraines but a chance hospital appointment revealed his blood pressure was "through the roof", leading to him being referred to a specialist and diagnosed with a fistula.

Surgeon Adam Rennie was so worried about Jeremy's condition that he decided to use a technique he had only ever read about.

Traditionally doctors insert a catheter into a vein or artery in the groin before threading it along the whole leng body to the bra But instead Rennie went through Jerem eye socket, j millimetres fr his left eye, giv him a more d route into the b He used a con stream of X-ra navigate his w the abnormal and pump in sealer to dam t aged vein, red ing the blo through a safe route.

The new technique means Jeremy has recovered from surgery much quicker. He's back at work and is also well enough to play with his six grandchildren again in time for Christmas.

Dr Rennie, a consultant in intervendiology at Univerls Coventry and re NHS Trust id: "It is a very dif-f ation, we don't get of these cases. e new technique a success that I've mages to a network round the country are some other case they are looking ng it."

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VISION ON... Jeremy Scott's eyes hurt so much that he could hardly get out of bed. SAFE HANDS... Dr Rennie has already sent image of the operation to colleagues.
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