Child shot in eye by toy during celebrations

Father says boy needs to be sent abroad or he could lose eye sight

A one-year-old Emirati boy was accidentally shot in the eye by a toy during National Day celebrations and he could suffer from loss of sight unless he is sent abroad for treatment, a newspaper said on Tuesday.

Khaled al Muhairi was his father during street ceremonies in Dubai on Friday when an object shot by toys used by participants in the parade hit his eye and caused severe bleeding, Emirat Alyoum said.

It quoted his father, Abu Khaled, as saying the boy was rushed to the Iranian Hospital, where doctors operated on his eye for more than four hours.

“My son had nearly 20 stitches in his eye and doctors told me that a large part of the eye had been damaged and that he could lose sight,” the father said.

“I am very much worried about my son now…each delay day could lead to the loss of sight in his eye…I hope he will be sent abroad for treatment.”

Abu Khaled said those who shot at his son were not to blame for the problem because they had not expected this to happen. “They regretted what they did and came with us to the hospital…I can’t blame them….what we want now is that my son is sent abroad for treatment or he could lose his eye.”


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