PORTLAND, Ore. - A 5-year-old girl from Pasco has successfully regained vision in her eye after an exercise band she was playing with snapped and hit her in the eye, causing a serious injury.
After three surgeries, countless eye drops and 2,646 hours of wearing an eye patch, Aliyah Arambul now has "near-perfect" vision again, according to Franny White, a spokesperson at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland.
Aliyah underwent the surgeries at OHSU's Casey Eye Institue in 2017 and 2018. The procedures and countless clinic visits helped remove blood and scar tissue that clouded her vision.
Through her treatment, Aliyah wore a patch for hours at a time on her good eye to help her injured eye regain its vision.
After a year of showing consistently good vision in the right eye, OHSU pediatric ophthalmologist Lorri Wilson, M.D., gave Aliyah permission to take the eye patch off for good on Friday, Sept. 6.
Optimistic this would be the outcome that day, Aliyah wore a special outfit to her Sept. 6 appointment to "graduate" from patching: a pink Wonder Woman costume and a special cape that displayed the total time she wore a patch.
Her mom, Jessie Arambul, is a part-time photographer and captured the de-patching moment in a series of beautiful photos.
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