Chinese boy who lost eyes in gouging attack goes home with prosthetics
In this photo taken Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 and released Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 by C-MER (Shenzhen) Dennis Lam Eye Hospital, 6-year-old boy Guo Bin smiles as he shows a card with a Chinese word of "Thanks" circled by a heart and his name he drew at the hospital where he received prosthetics eyes in Shenzhen in south China's Guangdong province. (AP Photo/C-MER (Shenzhen) Dennis Lam Eye Hospital)
Published Thursday, December 12, 2013 6:47AM EST
Last Updated Thursday, December 12, 2013 3:54PM EST
BEIJING -- A 6-year-old Chinese boy whose eyes were gouged out in an attack more than three months ago was discharged Thursday from a hospital in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen where he was 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, where he expressed gratitude and happiness.
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.
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," 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.