Three year old Victoria Wilcher whose family says she was booted from KFC because of her appearance is getting a prosthetic eye.
The girl lost sight in her right eye and was left with severe facial scars after a pit bull attack. Now, Raymond Peters, an ocularist will outfit her with a prosthetic eye this week at his office in Naples, Florida.
An ocularist is someone who specializes in the fabrication and fitting of ocular prostheses for people who have lost an eye or eyes due to trauma or illness.
Peters tells CNN he doesn’t care about the controversy surrounding what her family said happened to her at KFC. He just wants to help a child in need.
Talking about the KFC incident he says, “That’s another world as far as I am concerned. That’s not going to affect me with how I help the child. I am focused on this child, and if that did happen, it’s sad because it is a double tragedy for the child.”
Last month the girl's grandmother, Kelly Mullins, posted on Facebook a story how Victoria, who wears an eye patch and eats through a tube, was told to leave a KFC in Mississippi because her appearance was disturbing other patrons.
The story caught nationwide attention. Online fundraising campaigns brought in thousands, including $30,000 and an apology from KFC.
However, investigations showed no proof she was ever asked to leave KFC and a local newspaper also cast doubt on the family’s story.
Both Peters, who has donated his services and assisted with travel accommodations, and Mullins spoke to CNN Sunday.
“She don’t have an eye socket and no cheekbone,” said Mullins. “We had to put her back in diapers because of the wounds on her legs. She can’t pull things up and down on them. The wounds will bleed, and she screams bloody murder.”
Not knowing the full extent of the damage, Peters said he is not even sure if an artificial eye is a feasible option. But he will still try. KFC said it will honor its commitment to donate $30,000 to assist with Victoria’s medical bills, even though there was no wrong doing.