Is "having" in the following sentence grammatically correct?

Having his eyes brimmed with tears, my father beamed

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The verb to brim is not transitive, but intransitive.

Eyes brim with tears.

yet having his eyes brimmed assumes a transitive use, as that is a passive voice construction. It is ungrammatical.

What you want to say is

His eyes brimming with tears, my father beamed.

or if you want an example with having:

Having no idea what the answer was, he shouted out "twenty-seven".

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