Blinded Chi­nese boy re­ceives pros­thetic eyes

6-year-old boy whose eyes were gouged was suc­cess­fully fit­ted with pros­thet­ics that look and move like nor­mal eyes, but don’t re­store vi­sion

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Guo Bin — nick­named Bin­bin — danced to mu­sic at a send­off cer­e­mony at the C-MER Den­nis Lam Eye Hos­pi­tal in the south­ern Chi­nese city of Shen­zhen, where he ex­pressed grat­i­tude and hap­pi­ness more than three months af­ter a bru­tal at­tack left him blind.

The pros­thetic eyes look and move much like nor­mal eyes, but they do not re­store vi­sion. Doc­tors plan to fit Bin­bin with nav­i­ga­tion sen­sors next sum­mer that would al­low him to get around on his own in fa­mil­iar places.

Po­lice in the boy’s home­town in north­ern China’s Shanxi prov­ince say they sus­pect his aunt was the cul­prit in the at­tack, al­though they have not iden­ti­fied a mo­tive. The woman has since com­mit­ted sui­cide, and Bin­bin’s par­ents have raised doubts.

On Thurs­day, the boy’s mother said Bin­bin can put on his clothes, brush his teeth and climb stairs by him­self, ac­cord­ing to re­ports in Hong Kong me­dia.

“He has adapted well and is smart,” his mother, Wang Wenli, said be­fore thank­ing the med­i­cal staff.

The at­tack on the boy hor­ri­fied the Chi­nese pub­lic and added to out­rage over vi­o­lence against chil­dren.

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Guo Bin smiles on Wednes­day as he shows a card he drew say­ing “Thanks” at the hos­pi­tal.

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