Chinese boy in eye-gouging case leaves hospital

Chinese boy in eye-gouging case leaves hospital
Guo Bin, 6, attends his farewell party after a successful orbital implants surgery which restored his appearance but not his sight, in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, Guangdong province, December 12, 2013.

HONG KONG - A six-year-old Chinese boy who had his eyes gouged out was discharged from a Shenzhen hospital Thursday, after being fitted with prosthetic eyeballs.

Guo Bin - known as Bin Bin - has made a full recovery from surgery to attach the implants, which look and move like normal eyes but will not enable him to see.

He was found covered in blood with his eyes removed near his home in the northern Chinese province of Shanxi in August after going missing while playing outside.

Chinese police suspect his aunt, who killed herself days later, was responsible amid reports of a family row.

"The surgery for his implants and eyeshell has been successful," Hong Kong-based eye expert Dennis Lam told a press conference.

Lam had offered to treat the boy for free at his clinic in the southern mainland Chinese city of Shenzhen.

Bin Bin's artificial eyes, consisting of the implant and the eyeshell, are attached to tissue and muscle giving them the ability to move normally.

"Little Bin Bin's eyes do not have visual abilities, though if you look at him, he does not look any different from any other child," Lam said, adding that it would greatly help the child's confidence.

"I am very happy," a lively Bin Bin said at the press conference where he also danced to music for reporters.

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