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Surgery saves girl's eyeball but her eyesight may not recover

THE 12-year-old girl who took a five-hour taxi ride all the way from Jiangxi Province to Shanghai yesterday to treat her wounded eye received a surgery last night at Fudan University Eye Ear Nose and Throat Hospital.

Wu Meihui from Poyang City of Jiangxi had her right eye pricked by a bamboo stick while playing with her cousin on Wednesday afternoon. Local doctors said she should be sent to a major hospital in Shanghai or Guangzhou for more professional treatment within 24 hours.

The family initially wanted to take a plane to Shanghai but they were told that the girl was unfit for flight due to pressurized environment of the plane. So they took a taxi and rushed all the way to Shanghai. One relative used Weibo microblog to call for help as they had no idea where the hospital is.

Shanghai police noticed the microblog, had an ambulance waiting on a highway leading to the city, and escorted the ambulance to the hospital shortly after 4pm yesterday.

A quick diagnosis showed the girl suffered a broken eye socket, a burst eyeball and brain injury. Doctors immediately performed a surgery on her eye that lasted one hour and 40-minutes. The surgery saved her eyeball but she may not be able to regain normal eyesight due to the severity of her injury, the doctors said.


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