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Pioneering eye surgery hope for brave Cory, 13; New operation could repair youngster's sight.

Byline: Sophie Doughty Reporter sophie.doughty@trinitymirror.com

IT'S a sight for sore eyes for brave Cory Davison as surgeons say they could save his sight.

The courageous cancer survivor is set to go under the knife again for an operation he hopes will repair his damaged eye.

Cory, now 13, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer when he was just six years old.

Scans revealed he had an aggressive tumour, the size of a plum, growing around his brain stem.

The football-mad youngster had to undergo a delicate seven-hour operation as surgeons attempted to remove as much of the growth as possible, without damaging his brain. But the operation that saved young Cory's life also caused lasting damage.

During surgery medics were forced to cut through delicate nerves, leaving Cory paralysed down one side of his face and with limited sight in his left eye. However, doctors in Toronto, Canada, have now discovered a new treatment which involves taking a healthy nerve from a patient's leg and inserting it into the face to be grafted onto the cornea.

And Cory, from Blyth, Northumberland, was delighted when he was told it is now available at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

His dad, Steven, said: "Cory was like a broken jigsaw and now we are putting the pieces back together. I didn't think there was anything they could do, but they got in touch and said they could.

"There's this new surgery available which originated in Toronto. Cory is one of a very small minority that's going to be allowed to have it.

"They have just introduced it here in the last year and Cory has been offered it. He's having some nerve tissue taken from his leg and put into his eye to help him see better.

"His cornea is damaged from the surgery and he can't blink."

Steven and Cory's mum Donna let their teenage son decide whether he wanted to go under the knife again.

But Cory, who is no stranger to the operating theatre, had no hesitation. "Cory obviously wants it done," said Steven, 38. "I used to worry about him going under the knife but now it's just second nature.

"And typical Cory doesn't give two hoots. He knows he will be in an operating theatre and he knows he will be under the knife, but unfortunately that's nothing new to him." The family hope the surgery will help Cory live as full a life as possible and improve his ability to read and help him with his schoolwork, at the Bede Academy in Blyth.

"He can only see shades of light and dark in that eye but he can't see images," said Steven. "It will make a massive difference. He's already got balance problems. He can't see out of that eye and his hazard perception isn't good. This will really improve his lifestyle.

"I'm just happy that he's getting it done. He just wants it done soon because he's got his GCSE choices coming up."

Cory's brave battle against the odds and determination to support other young cancer sufferers while still being treated himself won hearts across the North East and beyond, and he is now something of a local hero with a raft of celebrity fans and followers.

He know' s h' e will be in an operating theatre and he knows he will be under the knife, but unfortunately that's nothing new to him." DAD STEVEN DAVISON

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| Left, Cory Davison with Alan Shearer at the Cory Cup at Bedlingtonshire Golf Club

| Cory Davison, of Blyth, who is to undergo pioneering surgery to improve his eyesight
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Date:Feb 25, 2018
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