Wisconsin doctors perform a corneal transplant on an Iraqi girl – helping her to see. Zahraa is a 7 year old who was found on the streets of Baghdad by a soldier from Crandon. Eye Clinic of Wisconsin corneal disease specialist Dr. Kevin Flaherty operated on the seven-year-old girl named Zahraa for an hour at Aspirus Wausau Hospital on Tuesday. Flaherty says her corneas – the clear front of the eye that covers the iris and the pupil and helps focus light – had swollen so much that parts had fallen off, creating splinters. Flaherty says doctors will wait to see how the first surgery goes before performing a similar transplant on her left eye, but Flaherty says Zahraa's outlook is good. The cornea, operating room time and the doctors' services were all donated. The girl had suffered a scratchy, sandy sensation in her eyes since infancy.
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