Surely you remember little Binbin, the kid who went out to play and then was attacked by a relative who gouged out both of his eyes this past summer. The attack happened in Shanxi Province, but Binbin was sent down here to Shenzhen for treatment.
Binbin arrived in Shenzhen a timid little boy who needed a lot of medical help. Doctors at the time said they wanted to give him two artificial eyes and navigation sensors. Fortunately for the little guy, the operations have all gone well.
Shenzhen Daily reports on Binbin’s progress, according to his doctor Fairooz Manjandavida:
“Binbin is recovering well, without infection, and he could be discharged from the hospital in two weeks if everything goes well,” Dr. Manjandavida said. “The implants have stabilized, with tissues and muscles attaching to them so they can move like real eyes. The tissue in his left eye socket was too scarred to hold an artificial eye, so a graft from his left buttock was used instead. The prosthetic eyepiece was finally installed after many adjustments.”
Binbin can now brush his teeth, get dressed and go to the bathroom by himself after a month of training and practice.
This is great news. Even better, the paper says his psychological condition has improved greatly:
“Binbin was suffering from significant psychological trauma when he first arrived at the hospital, often hiding behind his mother, but after psychological counseling his senses of safety, confidence and independence have greatly improved,” [Doctor Dennis] Lam said.
It turned out Binbin’s attacker was his aunt, who committed suicide after the attack. We’ll never know her motive.