|Sight-deprived boy Bin Bin regains confidence
A six-year-old Chinese boy who eyes were gouged out was discharged from a Shenzhen hospital today, after being fitted with prosthetic eye balls.
Guo Bin, known as Bin Bin, has recovered from surgery to attach implants that resemble human eyes, but do not enable him to see.
An aunt was suspected to have removed his eyes near his home in the northern province of Shanxi in August while playing outside. His aunt killed herself days later, AFP reports.
“The surgery for his implants and eyeshell has been successful,'' Hong Kong-based eye expert Dennis Lam told a press conference, AFP reports.
Lam had offered to treat the boy for free at his clinic in Shenzhen.
Bin Bin's artificial eyes, consisting of the implant and the eyeshell, are attached to tissue and muscle giving them the ability to move normally.
“Little Bin Bin's eyes do not have visual abilities, though if you look at him, he does not look any different from any other child,'' Lam said, adding that it would greatly help the child's confidence.
“I am very happy,'' a lively Bin Bin said at the press conference where he also danced to music for reporters.
“He can now put clothes on, brush teeth and wash his face by himself,'' the child's mother said.
Bin Bin, who will fly home to Shanxi tomorrow, will begin to use sensory equipment to help his movement next year.
The equipment, placed on the forehead and the tongue, will help Bin-Bin navigate as it captures images and sends electric signals to his brain. Such navigation devices are already in use in Japan and Europe.
Lam had previously expressed hopes the boy may eventually partially regain his sight using “bionic eyes’’ linked directly to the brain, but said that this technology was at least five to 10 years away.
After the attack the boy was unaware that he had been blinded, the Beijing Youth Daily said.
“He asks why the sky is always dark... and why the dawn still hasn't come,'' it quoted an uncle of the boy as saying.