As friends, customers, and fellow business owners rallied around Yong Yang wih a fundraising dinner last week, there was some more portentially good news about his health.
Yang was left without sight in his left eye after being attacked, robbed and punched in the face in January as he got into his van after closing up for the night at the farmer's market that bears his name.
Now Mark Morroney, Yang's former son-in-law and the store's new owner, says doctors think they may be able to restore sight in Yang's owner with one, instead of two additional surgeries.
Morroney, whose purchase of the store was announced last week, tells Patch that doctors have indicated they are hoping to replace the lens in Yang's damaged eyed and repair other tissue damage in one, rather than two separate operations.
The attack left Yang unable to see with his left eye, and therefore unable to drive to the produce distribution center in Philadelphia every morning to pick up inventory for his market on Lancaster Ave. in Berwyn.
He underwent a six hour proceedure in the days immediately after the attack to save his eye. According to family members, doctors originally had thought they would need to perform one operation for the lens and a second to reconnect tissue damaged by the blow.
Former Yang's market employee Octavio Sandoval, 18, and a 17 year-old accomplice have been charged with multiple felony counts in the attack. Sandoval is due to appear in Chester County Court on the charges later this month.