Friday, May 11, 2012 – 18:18
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EL PASO — Delivering the gift of sight… in the blink of an eye.
“His right eye could end up being blind if we don’t do this surgery so that makes it very important. The other issue is his appearance as well,” said Dr. Benjamin Burt, Ocular Plastic Surgeon.
Dr. Burt performs the first ophthalmic surgery at El Paso Children’s Hospital on 15-month-old Yoshi Hernandez… who suffers from congenital ptosis… or, “a droopy eyelid.” Yoshi inherited the condition from his father, Jose… who underwent unsuccessful treatment in Juarez as a child.
“I got picked on a lot, like bullying and all that. So I’m very happy right now because he’s going to get the surgery. I know that he’s in good hands and he’s going to get better results than I did,” said Jose.
Yoshi will undergo an hour-long silicone sling rod insertion surgery… in which doctor burt will attach his eyelid to his forehead. The forehead muscle will then compensate for the eyelid muscle’s weakness… which prevents the eye from opening and closing.
“He’s always going to have some trouble closing the eye because we’re going to lift it quite high so he can see properly, but he should be perfect with regards to his vision and his appearance will be a lot better than what it is now,” said Dr. Burt.
Dr. Burt says Yoshi will spend the next two weeks recovering.
“He’s going to be swollen and it’s going to hurt, but I know that it’s going to be for his own good like after a while. He’s not going to suffer what I did,” said Jose.
Saying hello to a new outlook on life… while kissing this condition goodbye. Dr. Burt will also operate on Yoshi’s father.