Tuesday 20 August 2019

Boy nearly loses an eye after crashing on to dumped cistern

John McElhinney with his horrific cut
John McElhinney with his horrific cut

Cathal McMahon

A teenager nearly lost his eye when he fell off his bike and hit his face on a toilet cistern that had been dumped in the woods.

John McElhinney was left scarred for life when he crashed his mountain bike on Saturday.

The shard off the toilet cistern he fell onto
The shard off the toilet cistern he fell onto

The 13-year-old was travelling from his home in Glenealy, Co Wicklow to meet friends on nearby Carrick Hill when the accident happened.

He struck his eye on a piece of a broken ceramic toilet cistern that had been dumped in the area and was sticking out of the ground.

Gushing

"I knew I needed help when I saw all the blood gushing out of my eye," he said.

The teenager moved out onto a road and contacted his grandmother by phone.

He was also helped by a neighbour, who happened to be passing at the time.

John was taken to CareDoc in Wicklow town, where he was informed that there was a possibility he would need plastic surgery.

This was followed by a visit to Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin, before he was referred to the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, where he underwent surgery for around two hours.

He was sent back to Crumlin for an MRI scan after surgeons found what they believed were bits of bone in the wound.

This later turned out to be pieces of the broken cistern.

Irish Independent

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