Friday 23 August 2019

Teen footballer injured in 'acid attack' feared he would 'never see another thing in my life'

Tega Agberhiere, an U17 football international, was one of three teenage boys attacked with a corrosive substance in Waterford a week ago today. Photo: WLRFM
Tega Agberhiere, an U17 football international, was one of three teenage boys attacked with a corrosive substance in Waterford a week ago today. Photo: WLRFM
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The 16-year-old schoolboy footballer who was the victim of an apparent acid attack said he feared he wouldn't be "able to see another thing in my life".

Tega Agberhiere, an U17 football international, was one of three teenage boys attacked with a corrosive substance in Waterford a week ago today.

He was rushed to Cork University Hospital for treatment.

Speaking to WLRFM's Damien Tiernan, Tega said the "nice messages" he has received from members of the public are "getting me through everything".

When asked by the broadcaster how he was recovering, Tega said: "I'm getting better every day, [I'm] feeling less pain and... that's it to be honest."

The talented footballer said he feared he would never be able to see again - but now has vision in both eyes.

Shocking: Tega Agberhiere (16) was left with burns to his face following the horrific assault
Shocking: Tega Agberhiere (16) was left with burns to his face following the horrific assault

"I can see from both eyes. It's just it's a little bit swollen, so it's hard to open them

"They [the doctors] said I should be able to see. That my vision will get to how it was before."

When asked if doctors have told him he will need skin grafts, Tega said: "Not sure yet. I'm just giving my skin a few weeks to heal first."

He said he couldn't describe the pain he felt when the corrosive substance was thrown towards his face.

Tega Agberhiere and his mum Christy.
Tega Agberhiere and his mum Christy.

"When I got it.... I thought I would never be able to see again.

"That was what I thought 100 percent, that I would never be able to see another thing in my life," he said.

Tega made his comments to broadcaster Tiernan in a video posted by WLRFM to social media.

In the video, the injuries sustained by Tega in the shocking attack are plainly visible.

Gardai in Waterford are continuing to investigate the incident.

Earlier this week, Ireland manager Mick McCarthy spoke of his shock when he heard about the attack, and sent Tega his best wishes.

"I was shocked to hear what happened to Tega and his friends in Waterford”, said McCarthy, “and I am sure I speak on behalf of everyone involved with football in Ireland when I wish them all well as they recover from the effects of this attack.

“I know Tega is a very promising young footballer and I hope and pray that he is back on the pitch in the very near future. My best wishes to Tega, to his friends and to their families.”

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