"The surgery went extremely well and early signs are hopeful
for a positive outcome," Dr. Steven Schwartz, the lead surgeon on
the medical team, said in a statement.
The two-hour reconstructive surgery was performed Tuesday at
UCLA's Jules Stein Eye Institute. Schwartz is an associate
professor of ophthalmology and chief of the institute's retina
Maxime Giguere was born April 4 with a deformed right eye, but
his left eye is healthy. Giguere and his wife, Kristen, initially
feared that their child would be completely blind.
"Oftentimes, people are given frightening medical news and feel
hopeless. But this case illustrates that it is important to find
expert pediatric eye care and get a second opinion," Schwartz
The 30-year-old Giguere played a key role in Anaheim's victory
over Ottawa in the NHL finals, enabling the Ducks to become the
first California team to win the Stanley Cup. Giguere, who earned
$3.99 million this season, is an unrestricted free agent.