Blinded boy on road to recovery with new 'eyes'

Blinded boy on road to recovery with new 'eyes'

CHINA - Guo Bin, the six-year-old boy whose eyes were gouged out in Shanxi province, is recovering quite well, his eye surgeon said.

"(The operation) was perfect. He is doing fine. Guo has never cried or created any problems," said Dr Fairooz Manjandavida, an ophthalmologist from C-MER (Shenzhen) Dennis Lam Eye Hospital, on Friday during a news conference in Shenzhen.

Dr Manjandavida performed an ocular-prosthesis-implant operation on Guo Bin on Sept 10.

The boy was injured in a horrific attack in August by his aunt, who later killed herself, police said.

Dr Dennis Lam Shun-Chiu, an ophthalmologist from Hong Kong, said that the boy is receiving rehabilitation, including physical therapy and psychological counselling provided by three volunteers and experts from Shenzhen and Hong Kong.

The basic rehabilitation exercises include using the bathroom, walking, using his hands, making tea and using the computer.

A video released by the hospital shows that the boy is able to use a computer, play with toys and even play an instrument by himself.

He will be discharged from the hospital in two weeks, China News Service reported.

The ocular prostheses can be worn daily and should be removed once a month to clean the sockets by irrigation, Dr Manjandavida said.

In a video, Guo Bin's parents expressed their thanks to the hospital and the public for their concern for their son. They said that they will return to Shanxi when Guo Bin's prosthetic implants need no further adjustments.

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