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