A 6-year-old Chinese boy whose eyes were gouged out in an attack more than three months ago was discharged from hospital on Thursday after being successfully fitted with prosthetic eyes.
Guo Bin – nicknamed Binbin – danced to music at a send-off ceremony at the C-MER Dennis Lam Eye Hospital in Shenzhen, where he expressed gratitude and happiness.
Binbin, his doctor and his family appeared on Hong Kong TV on Thursday and the boy’s mother told media that her son had made huge strides.
“He can dress himself now, brush his own teeth and wash his face…and he can climb up and down stairs,” said Wang Wenli.
The prosthetic eyes look and move much like normal eyes, but 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.
Wang Wenli continued to express her thanks to the people of Shenzhen, breaking down in tears when she described the city as her family’s “second home”.
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.
The attack on the boy horrified the Chinese public and added to outrage over violence against children.
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