Woman Regains Eyesight After Random Exchange District Attack

Woman Regains Eyesight After Random Exchange District Attack

Brittney Thomas-Ljungberg
Brittney Thomas-Ljungberg in her bed at the Misericordia Health Centre following the random attack last June. (HANDOUT)

A Winnipeg woman who was punched in the eye during a random attack in the Exchange District last year has regained her sight.

Brittney Thomas-Ljungberg, 29, was randomly sucker-punched in her right eye in June.

“I first saw Brittney a few days after her injury,” said Dr. Frank Stockl of the Misericordia Health Centre. “Her vision was lousy. There was so much blood in her eye I couldn’t even examine her properly.”

Through a series of ultrasounds, Thomas-Ljungberg was closely monitored. In July, her retina detached with persistent bleeding. Dr. Stockl performed emergency surgery to remove the lens of her eye and repair the detachment.

Brittney Thomas-Ljungberg
Brittney Thomas-Ljungberg (TRAVIS GOLBY / CBC)

A new lens was implanted in October and Thomas-Ljungberg’s eye is now stable with 20/25 vision.

“I wasn’t sure I’d be able to see again,” she said. “I’m forever grateful to Dr. Stockl and his crew.”

No arrests have been made in Thomas-Ljungberg’s case.

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