Boy's eyes gouged out: suspect dead, say police

Beijing: State media say police in northern China suspect that the woman who gouged out a six-year-old boy's eyes was his aunt, whose body was later found in a well.

Meanwhile, the boy may one day see again a Hong Kong hospital offered him "electronic eyes".

The official Xinhua News Agency cited police in the city of Linfen in Shanxi as saying the aunt was identified as a suspect after the boy's blood was found on her clothes.

State media say the boy, named Guo Bin, was lured by a woman into a field on August 24 where she used an unspecified tool to gouge out his eyes.

Six days later, Zhang Huiying was found dead, though at the time media reports cited other relatives as saying they did not think she was responsible for the attack.

No motive has been cited.

A Hong Kong-based eye expert, Dennis Lam, said his team would provide the treatment for free to the boy, saying that future technology could restore up to 40 per cent of the boy's lost vision.

"When I heard about it. I was really angry, very upset. I was asking myself if I can help," Dr Lam said.

"Being an eye doctor, our greatest sort of encouragement is when the patients see again," he said.

Dr Lam said that he is still waiting for consent from the child's parents to bring him to his eye hospital in Shenzhen in southern China, where he can be given a pair of false eyes as soon as next week.

A camera would process images and relay a signal to a grid of electrodes attached to the boy's tongue eventually teaching the brain to "see" again.

He added that the technology is already being used in Japan and Europe.

The final goal is to give the boy bionic eyes linked directly to the brain which will help him partially regain his sight, Dr Lam said, a treatment which is still being developed.

"In the high end it [his sight] could be 20 to 40 per cent when we talk about 10 years down the road."

Hong Kong's Cable TV said the boy's parents were considering the offer.


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