Toddler has eyeball sliced in half during horrific drone accident

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Posted by BBC Watchdog on Thursday, November 26, 2015


18-month-old Oscar Webb was left blind in one eye after a horrific drone incident.

The drone was reportedly being flown by a family friend when it hit a tree, causing it to spin out of control, sending a propeller blade slicing Oscar's right eyeball in half.

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Simon Evans, an experienced drone pilot, told BBC that his drone "was up for about 60 seconds. As I brought it back down to land it just clipped the tree and span round."Oscar's mother, Amy Roberts, said she was in the ambulance taking Oscar to hospital when he opened his eye. "I just hoped and prayed all the way there that what I saw wasn't true and wasn't real," said Roberts of what was left of her son's eyeball.

Faye Mellington, consultant in oculoplastics and orbital surgery at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, said she and her team "knew straight away the outlook for Oscar's vision long term was extremely poor." The toddler will reportedly need several operations before he can have a prosthetic eye fitted.

"I can't really even remember what I was thinking at the time," said his mother. "I just remember waiting for someone to come and say it was OK.

While the toddler's family says they harbor no hatred for Evans over the accident, he said he can't even bring himself to look at the drone again.

Oscar's mother doesn't want her son's injury to be in vain, and is using this as an opportunity to warn others how dangerous drones can be.

This is the first reported incident of a human sustaining a severe injury from a consumer drone since unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) entered the consumer domain in 2013.

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