Drone Slices Toddler's Eyeball In Half

| by Sean Kelly
Oscar Webb.Oscar Webb.

An 18-month-old in England lost an eye after being hit by a drone that was being operated by a family friend. 

Simon Evans told the BBC he lost control of the drone that flew into Oscar Webb’s eye and sliced it in half.

“It was up for about 60 seconds. As I brought it back down to land it just clipped the tree and span round,” Evans said. “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."

Oscar’s mother, Amy Roberts, said she noticed the sliced eyeball when she was in the ambulance taking her son to the hospital.

“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,” she said. 

“I just hoped and prayed all the way there that what I saw wasn't true and wasn't real." Oscar, from Worcestershire, England, will need several surgeries before he can be fitted for a prosthetic eye.

The Independent reports that Faye Mellington, oculoplastics and orbital surgery consultant at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospital, says the outlook for the toddler’s vision is “extremely poor,” though he can still see out of his remaining eye.

Oscar’s family has reportedly forgiven Evans for the “awful accident.” The drone’s operator said he can no longer look at the device since the accident.

“I look at the drones in the garage and I feel physically sick,” he said.

Sources: BBC, Independent / Photo credit: BBC