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Pahokee boy, who lost vision playing, receives devastating news

BOCA RATON, FL (WFLX) - A young Pahokee boy, blinded in one eye, is hoping a specialist, who learned of this child's plight through our report last week, can give him his sight back.

Eleven-year-old Tyquan Hill had a stick jammed into his eye while he was playing outside. The family of the little boy lives in a housing project and couldn't afford to pay for corrective eye surgery.

After watching our report, eye surgeons said they would perform the surgery at no cost. But first, they had to examine the damaged eye to see if they can restore his vision.

Three years ago, Tyquan was hit with a stick that went right through his right eye leaving him practically blind.

Although, you can't see any damage. Doctors had said vision could be restored in the right eye, but the family couldn't afford surgery, and no one offered to pay it until our story aired last week.

Eye Associates of Boca Raton stepped in, and Tyquan's parents rushed him over.

Tyquan already making plans for his new life. "I'm excited that I am getting to box and more kinds of sports."

But after an entire morning of hoping and probing, the news was grim. "Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do to rehabilitate his eye."

Doctors say the retina, or layer of tissue in the back of the eye, was just too scarred from the injury.

Tyquan won't be able to see out of his right eye. "I'm heartbroken; I'm upset. I thought we were going to get some kind of hope," said his mother, Arika Eaddy.

Tyquan was too upset to talk, but his parents were still hopeful. "Somehow, some way, through the good Lord, he will be able to see again," said his stepfather, Timothy Pettygrew.

Eye Associates did provide Tyquan with free impact resistant sports glasses to protect his left eye. "He can have a normal life because the other eye compensates for the lost vision in the other eye,"

Tyquan's parents are thankful to Eye Associates for providing the free sports glasses. They say, however, they are not ready to give up. They hope, with advances in medicine, Tyquan will see from both eyes again.

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