A nine-year-old boy from South Wales was hit in the eye by a pellet from a Nerf toy which has resulted in him having his eye removed.
Taylor-Jay Ravicini was only three years old when he was struck by a toy arrow, which unfortunately resulted in him losing sight in his eye.
Apparently the strike from the Nerf projectile caused unrepairable damage to the organ, where doctors were forced to remove the eye to ensure that he didn’t lose sight in his other one too.
Following complications due to an infection, Taylor was hospitalised for six weeks after the accident.
This terrible incident occurred whilst he was over at a friends house playing under the supervision of his mother. This accident led to the doctors deciding to completely remove the eye replacing it with a false eye.
Stacey, his mother is now raising funds to purchase Taylor a prosthetic eye that will not attract attention of strangers or children at Taylor’s school.
Stacey explains: “I really don’t want people thinking I am a bad mother,
“I was there with my three children and everything just happened in a flash,
“What are the chances of an accident happening twice in the same eye?
“I was downstairs, and I heard a devastating scream and my heart sunk, I couldn’t even go to see him, I sent my partner as I knew something had happened.
“Taylor’s eye was full of blood and it was causing a build-up of pressure. Doctors told us that he risked losing sight in both eyes if we didn’t remove the damaged one.”
Referring to the initial incident she continued: “The first time it was a freak accident. I was there with my three children and everything just happened in a flash.
“I didn’t know what to do so I called a taxi to A and E.
“We were told Taylor had a scratch in his eye but the true extent was revealed when specialist doctors in Bristol confirmed he had been blinded.”
35-year-old Stacey is hoping to raise the money to buy Taylor an improved prosthetic eye when kids at his school began to bully him, even calling to him ‘Popeye’.
She added: “Wherever we go people are staring at him and whispering about his eye. In school he is constantly bullied, and people call him, ‘Popeye’, that really hurts, why should he be treated different?
“I am constantly worrying for him and what will happen next, it has just been one big emotional rollercoaster.
“I hope people understand how much he needs this prosthetic eye.”
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