Neuroplasticity Enables Young Girl Blinded in Dog Attack to Regain Sight

May 4, 2009

The story is tragic – a young girl mauled by pit bulls. The surgeon who stitched her up later noticed that the girl was having problems turning her head towards her mothers’ spoon during meal times. So he tested her vision and found that she had become completely blind from damage to her occipital lobe sustained during the attack.

But there’s a happy ending. A consulting neuro-ophthalmologist predicted that the girl would regain her sight because of neuroplasticity – the ability of the brain to rewire itself, and recruit healthy neurons to take over for damaged tissue. And indeed, within a year, the little girl was able to see again.

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