A five-year-old girl who was shunned as a monster has had her 'piercing silver' eyes removed.
Parents Chris and Eryn Austin, 34 and 35, from Buford, Georgia, were drawn in by Primrose's striking eyes when they adopted her from an orphanage in China in 2016.
Children 'screamed and ran away' from the unique looking girl who's sight was impaired due to untreated childhood glaucomas.
Eight months ago, Primrose began to experience pain so agonising that she would sweat profusely, cry for 16 hours a day, and refuse to eat.
But incredibly, after the decision to remove her eyes, Primrose has shown dramatic improvements, and was walking again within two days.
Primrose Austin, who was adopted from an orphanage in China in 2016, had striking silver eyes due to untreated childhood glaucomas
Doctors decided to remove Primrose's eyes (pictured, in hospital) after she began to experience agonising pain. She has shown dramatic improvements
Parents Chris and Eryn Austin, 34 and 35, from Buford, Georgia, who always knew they wanted to adopt, were drawn in by Primrose's striking eyes. Pictured, the family including siblings Madelyn, nine, and River, seven, with Primrose, now five
Mrs Austin, a full-time carer for her daughter, said: 'It was like living in a constant nightmare, not knowing whether she would be okay.
'Kids call her a "monster" and run away screaming and crying. But she is beautiful even with her eyes looking different.'
Mr and Mrs Austin first saw a picture of Primrose in 2014 and brought her home two years later, where they needed to teach her to sit-up, hold her head, feed and even understand affection.
They were told by the orphanage that Primrose was potentially deaf and blind due to untreated congenital glaucoma.
Symptoms of childhood glaucoma include enlarged eyes, cloudiness of the cornea, and sensitivity to light.
US medical teams discovered that a rare 6p25 deletion syndrome had caused the congenital glaucoma, and that Primrose could only sense light.
She also was found to have learning disabilities, a lack of muscle tone and other problems.
Mrs Austin said: 'We knew she had glaucoma and was possibly deaf, but she had a very rare genetic syndrome that wasn't discovered until later.'
Primrose had laser treatment to reduce the pressure building-up behind her eyes and tubes put in her ears to help her hear more.
But in August, she began to show worrying signs that baffled doctors.
Mrs Austin said: 'We were talking about life or death for Primrose, she was severely and critically ill.
Symptoms of childhood glaucoma include enlarged eyes, cloudiness of the cornea, and sensitivity to light
US medical teams discovered that a rare 6p25 deletion syndrome had caused the congenital glaucoma, and that Primrose could only sense light
Mr and Mrs Austin filling out paperwork to adopt Primrose
Mr and Mrs Austin had to teach Primrose everything from holding her head to accepting affection as she had previously been in an orphanage
'Doctors tried to eliminate her source of pain one by one, we were at the point where they had worked through most of the causes.
'It was an excruciating experience for us all, she was drenched in sweat, her body was dealing with such intense pain and her nervous system was going nuts.
'She was hurting herself by not eating or drinking, I had to forced liquids into her mouth with a syringe to keep her hydrated.'
The period, which the family call the '76 days of crisis', ended in the removal of her eyes, when an MRI scan revealed the extent of damage to the Primrose's eyes.
Primrose had suffered a build-up of pressure and a retinal detachment in one eye while the other shrank to half its size - forcing surgeons to remove the optic tissue from both.
Mrs Austin said: 'It was a heart-breaking decision to have her eyes removed but was 100 per cent the right thing to do.
'We never imagined two weeks later how much she would have progressed.
'It was a miracle. Two days after she was standing up