Toddler has eyeball sliced in half during horrific drone accident

18-month old Oscar Webb lost an eye due to an out of control drone. Please watch tonight's programme to find out how you...



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."%shareLinks-quote="The next thing I know I've just heard my friend shriek and say 'Oh God no' and I turned around and just saw blood and his baby on the floor crying." type="quote" author="Simon Evans" authordesc="Drone Pilot" isquoteoftheday="false"%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.

%shareLinks-quote="What I saw, I can still see it now, and what I saw or what I thought I saw was the bottom half of his eye and it's the worst thing I've ever seen." type="quote" author="Amy Roberts" authordesc="Victim's mother" isquoteoftheday="false"%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.

%shareLinks-quote="[The doctors] did say that it was one of the worst eye incidents they'd seen. It was hard, I cried that much that even the consultant, it brought tears to her face." type="quote" author="Amy Roberts" authordesc="Victim's mother" isquoteoftheday="false"%

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.

%shareLinks-quote="I look at the drones in the garage and I feel physically sick." type="quote" author="Simon Evans" authordesc="" isquoteoftheday="false"% 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.

%shareLinks-quote="You don't realize the dangers, you don't expect something so severe to happen from what people call toys, I wouldn't class them as toys." type="quote" author="Amy Webb" authordesc="" isquoteoftheday="false"%

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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