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Kittens born without eyelids to get sight-saving surgery

October 1, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Two kittens born without eyelids are getting sight-saving surgery at a Boston animal hospital.

The kittens were found inside a drainage pipe at a construction site in August and taken to the MSPCA by a good Samaritan.

Anna and Elsa, as the felines were named, were dirty, undernourished and found to have a condition known as agenesis, meaning they were born without upper eyelids. Because the cats are unable to blink and moisten their eyes, they would have eventually gone blind.

An ophthalmologist at Angell Animal Medical Center will perform surgery in which he’ll remove tissue from the kittens’ lower lips and transplant it to the muscles that control blinking, in effect, creating new eyelids.

The kittens will be available for adoption six to eight weeks after the operation.

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