- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

SATELLITE BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A teenager is recovering after nearly losing her left eye in a surfing accident.

The nose of 14-year-old Storm Portman’s surf board sliced open her eye in January. Since then, she’s undergone two surgeries and is healing much better than ophthalmologist Gary Ganiban initially expected.

He told Florida Today (https://on.flatoday.com/1zsmXuS ) that in his 17 years at The Eye Institute for Medicine & Surgery in Melbourne he’s only seen three similar accidents where the surf board lacerated or ruptured the eye. He performed emergency surgery on Portman Jan. 15 and she underwent another surgery in Miami.

Her pupil remains enlarged, so her eye is sensitive to light.

This weekend, a fundraiser that includes the Eye of the Storm surf contest is planned to help with her medical expenses.


Information from: Florida Today (Melbourne, Fla.), https://www.floridatoday.com

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