Dad superglues son’s eye shut for four days after mistaking it for eye drops
A dad accidentally super-glued his son's eye closed after mistaking the tube for medical drops.
Nine-year-old Rupert Day had been given some eye drops after getting an itchy eye, Teesside Live reports.
And his dad Kevin picked up what he believed to be the medication and dropped some into his son's eye before he realised it was superglue.
Thankfully Rupert made a full recovery – but now the family is set to share their traumatic ordeal on the TV show Helicopter ER, on Tuesday.
“Rupert scratched his eye and we were given some eye cream,” Kevin said.
“I went to put it in and then realised I had put superglue in his eye instead.
“I phoned 999 who advised us to keep flushing it and they said an ambulance was on its way. I wasn’t expecting the air ambulance.”
This incident happened in February, and Rupert had been on eye drops for two days when his dad accidentally picked up the glue.
Yorkshire Air Ambulance dispatched its Topcliffe aircraft due to the close proximity of the airbase and were first on the scene.
The paramedics bathed Rupert’s eye and administered pain relief before the land ambulance arrived and took him to Harrogate Hospital for further treatment.
“I had a massive fear that I had blinded my son and ruined his life”, Kevin said.
Rupert spent a few hours in hospital but couldn’t open his eye for four tense days.
The Thirsk youngster said: “I was worried if my eye would open again.”
Thankfully no glue had damaged his eye and his vision has been completely fine following the ordeal.
Rupert will feature in Helicopter ER, shown on Channel Really at 10pm on Tuesday, November 2.
The episode will also feature a cardiac arrest in Ilkley and a South Yorkshire DIY accident.
The Yorkshire Air Ambulance serves five million people across Yorkshire and carries out more than 1,3000 missions every year.
The charity operates two state-of-the-art Airbus H145 helicopters and needs to raise £12,000 every day to keep saving lives.
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