A tragic accident has come to light of a boy who has lost an eye after it was sliced in half by a drone.
Oscar, an 18 month old from the UK, has lost the sight in one of his eyes after family friend Simon Evans lost control of the remote controlled mini drone.
Evans said: “As I brought it back down to land it just clipped the tree and span round. 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.”
The horror of the moment hit Oscar’s Mum, Amy Roberts, in full force as the boy opened his eye.
In an interview after the event, Amy said: “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. I just hoped and prayed all the way there that what I saw wasn’t true and wasn’t real.”
In a small consolation, doctors say Oscar can still see out of his other eye. His surgeon, Faye Mellington, was surprised to see such an eye injury from a drone saying: “I have seen a lot of ocular injuries, but never in someone so young, and I’ve not seen one from a drone.”
The growing popularity of drones has led to the British government’s decision to hold a public consultation on the guidelines for flying drones safely and a strategy is expected to be published next year.
By Danny Burke
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