"She is actually giving more back to us then we are probably giving to her. I am so thankful for everyone in this process," Cook said.
Cook performed surgery on Farida's left eye. He says it could take two to six weeks, but she will also receive a prosthetic eye.
"Receiving a prosthetic eye, where she's going to look more normal, gives her a future,” said Sandy Tabor-Gray, of Solace for the Children Lake Norman. “Right now, she doesn't have much of a future, as far as an Afghan woman goes, because of how the culture is."
Farida's host family says they can already see a difference in the little girl.
"She's so much happier it seems like today. I can't say it from what she says but I think she's getting excited about the fact that she's getting some relief medically," host father Kurt Karnatz said.
Through her interpreter, Farida said her parents will be very happy for her when she gets back home.