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Blinded student gets good, bad news

Rumana Monzur was attacked in Bangladesh

Rumana Monzur — the University of British Columbia master’s student who was brutally blinded and bitten —  received good news and bad news this week.

The good news is that Monzur’s mother and five-year-old daughter Anoushe have been issued temporary resident permits for Canada. They are expected to arrive soon, UBC officials told CBC News.

The bad news is that it’s still unclear whether any of her eyesight can be restored. Monzur has had three surgeries in Vancouver and a fourth is scheduled for later this week.

The UBC community held fundraisers after learning of her June 5 attack in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which was allegedly committed by her husband, who has since been jailed. So far, $58,000 has been raised for her living expenses during recovery.

It’s unclear whether the political science student will return to class anytime soon.