On Friday Pok went back to KK hospital for follow-ups with his surgeons.
First was with plastic surgeon Dr Vincent Yeow, who was happy with Pok’s progress and provided details on what he actually did on January 16. He has anchored his left eye, which had previously been “floating”, to the skull with a wire (which was later confirmed by viewing the cat scan, which made Pok look like the bionic man considering he had scores of staples holding the skin on top of his skull together too!). This wire, apparently, will stay in there for the rest of his life. It does seem that his eyes now move in tandem and he does seem to be looking less “down his nose” than before.
Dr Yeow also said that he had filed flat the raised edges of the “crater” formed by the hole in Pok’s scull, and shaved off a portion of Pok’s forehead bone and used it to seal up the hole, something he said was quite challenging given the small space he had to work in. He also said that it could take up to three weeks for the swelling where the “crater” was to go down, although he is looking pretty “normal” already.
He then went to see neurosurgeon Dr Seow and the other consultants who were at the operation. Dr Seow said that all looked good externally and internally via the post-op scans although Pok should be monitored to make sure he has no headaches, fever or cerebrospinal fluid leaking from his nose and that if Pok appears unwell in any of these ways, his head should be immediately scanned and the scans emailed to Singapore for diagnosis. But Dr Seow feels that the first 10 days post-op are the most dangerous and that Pok was most likely “in the clear”.
Pok then spent a happy weekend visiting the zoo with Jacqui Whitehead, the beach with the Perrys and today Jane took him and Rath to the aquarium where he even got to pat a stingray! So Pok’s certainly experiencing a lot of firsts during his time here in Singapore!