The little girl from Mississippi who lost her right eye in a vicious dog attack now has a new prosthetic eye, thanks to a Naples ocularist. 3-year-old Victoria Wilcher made headlines after her grandmother claimed they were asked to leave a Mississippi KFC restaurant because Victoria’s scars were upsetting other customers.
Victoria and her mother Tina, accompanied by pediatric nurse Janet Kellum, arrived in Naples earlier this week for a series of clinical visits with ocularist Raymond Peters. Their first appointment was on Tuesday. After Peters got a look at what he had to work with, he was able to create an artificial eye for Victoria. Friday, he was able to give the new eye to the excited little girl.
“You should have seen her back there when she looked for the first time in a mirror and saw an eye,” said Kellum. “She just smiled. I don’t what she would have done without these people.”
Now that Victoria has her new eye, Las Vegas plastic surgeon Frank Stile, who was present at Peters’ office and will be donating his services, has a better idea of how to plan her facial reconstruction.
“Our goal for now is to get her to have as much facial symmetry and function as we can by the time she is school age, so she’ll stand out for positive things and not for her injuries,” Stiles said.
“That eye will act as a base, and they will make operations according to fit it,” Peters said.
Peters made three eyes for Victoria, to be replaced as she grows. For Peters, who is also donating his services, the gleam in Victoria’s eye is the reward he was hoping for.
“We showed her a mirror and she was happy,” he said. “She’s very vibrant. For a child that was hurt that bad, it seems like nothing happened.”