Maimed boy ready to go home

Hos­pi­tal re­leases 6-year- old af­ter surgery to im­plant cos­metic eyes

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By LIN JING in Shen­zhen and SUN RUISHENG in Taiyuan

Guo Bin was all smiles and said he had no fear of re­turn­ing to his home­town, where his eyes had been gouged out in Au­gust.

The tragedy that struck the 6-yearold boy shocked the na­tion, and what the boy will face is sheer dark­ness — he is aware that he will never be able to see.

Guo was dis­charged on Thurs­day from the Shen­zhen hos­pi­tal where he re­ceived im­plant surgery that fit­ted him with cos­metic eyes.

Wel­com­ing the boy and his par­ents back in Fenxi county, Shanxi prov­ince, will be many good Sa­mar­i­tans.

Wang Baocheng, prin­ci­pal of Taiyuan School for Blind Chil­dren, said on Thurs­day night that the school will def­i­nitely ad­mit Guo.

“We wel­come him. The school­ing will be to­tally free,” Wang said.

“But I think he needs to take some time off to re­cover phys­i­cally and psy­cho­log­i­cally. He needs tran­si­tional time,” Wang told China Daily.

The school is four hours from Guo’s home by bus.

The school is the choice of Guo’s par­ents, who con­tacted the Dis­abled Per­sons’ Fed­er­a­tion of Shanxi, for help.

Hou Wei, di­rec­tor of the ed­u­ca­tion and em­ploy­ment depart­ment of the fed­er­a­tion, is lend­ing a hand too.

“We will help based on what Guo

His re­cov­ery went very well. Now the boy looks like a nor­mal child from his ap­pear­ance. He likes to dance and sing, and is able to live and walk on his own in a fa­mil­iar en­vi­ron­ment.” DEN­NIS LAM SHUN-CHIU OCULIST FROM HONG KONG AND FOUNDER OF THE C-MER (SHEN­ZHEN) DEN­NIS LAM EYE HOS­PI­TAL

needs,” Hou said.

The fed­er­a­tion has a pro­gram to sup­port chil­dren from poor fam­i­lies that Guo can ap­ply for, Hou said.

The boy was at­tacked on Aug 24 by his aunt, who po­lice said later killed her­self. He was dis­cov­ered ly­ing in a field af­ter a five-hour search with his face cov­ered with blood. The mo­ti­va­tion for the at­tack re­mains a mys­tery.

Dur­ing his stay in the C- MER (Shen­zhen) Den­nis Lam Eye Hos­pi­tal, Guo re­mained strong, hos­pi­tal work­ers said.

At a news con­fer­ence that saw the boy off, he per­formed a dance that he had per­formed on Chil­dren’s Day with other chil­dren in his school be­fore the tragedy.

Nurses said that Guo loves the song and per­formed the dance many times dur­ing his three-month stay. He en­joys mu­sic and rhythm, but is shy to talk with strangers, they said.

An eval­u­a­tion from the hos­pi­tal said that Guo has grown taller and gained weight, and has been more ac­tive.

He will re­turn to Shen­zhen to test out nav­i­ga­tion sen­sors that gather in­for­ma­tion via the fore­head and tongue of the vis­ually im­paired and sends the elec­tronic data to their brain.

The de­vice has helped some peo­ple bet­ter per­ceive their en­vi­ron­ment, said Den­nis Lam Shun-chiu, an eye doc­tor from Hong Kong and founder of the hos­pi­tal.

Guo’s mother, Wang Wenli, said that she ap­pre­ci­ated the care and ef­forts from the hos­pi­tal and res­i­dents from Shen­zhen.

“I am glad to see Bin Bin has be­come so strong in Shen­zhen,” she said with tears.

Lam said that the boy has re­gained his con­fi­dence.

“His re­cov­ery went very well. Now the boy looks like a nor­mal child from his ap­pear­ance. He likes to dance and sing, and is able to live and walk on his own in a fa­mil­iar en­vi­ron­ment,” Lam said.

Lam gave the boy a book about Nick Vu­ji­cic, an Aus­tralian mo­ti­va­tional speaker without four limbs, to en­cour­age him to face dif­fi­cul­ties with great courage.

CHEN JIMIN / CHINA NEWS SER­VICE

Den­nis Lam Shun-chiu (left), an eye doc­tor from Hong Kong, sends his best wishes to 6-year-old Guo Bin on Thurs­day, as he left Lam’s hos­pi­tal in Shen­zhen af­ter surgery to im­plant cos­metic eyes. The boys’ eyes were gouged out by his aunt in Au­gust.

PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

Guo Bin shows a paint­ing he drew with the help of his mother at C-MER (Shen­zhen) Den­nis Lam Eye Hos­pi­tal on Wed­nes­day.

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