Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Magpie Attack Blinds Boy; Bird Hovers as Lad Screams

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Magpie Attack Blinds Boy; Bird Hovers as Lad Screams

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Byline: Stuart Cumming

FOUR-year-old Seth McInnes is blind in his left eye after a vicious magpie attack in a Toowoomba park.

His distraught father Chris McInnes yesterday told The Chronicle of the sustained swoop which has left his son requiring around-the-clock medical treatment.

Mr McInnes said Seth was riding a pushbike on a footpath near the playground equipment in the West Ck Reserve beside Lemway Ave about 4pm on Sunday.

They had spent the afternoon in the park with Mr McInnes' girlfriend and her son without any hint of magpie trouble.

C[pounds sterling]He was riding his bike back towards me and I saw it (a magpie) coming down really fast,C[yen] Mr McInnes said.

He started running towards his son as the bird swooped and then hovered in Seth's face.

C[pounds sterling]His screams didn't shoo it away, it was only when I got over there it left.C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]He had a little scratch over his eye.

C[pounds sterling]But when I looked in his eye it was full of blood.''

Seth was rushed to Toowoomba Hospital, where Mr McInnes was told his son would probably lose all vision in his left eye.

C[pounds sterling]When they gave us the bad news I couldn't contain it, I broke down.C[yen]

Seth was then taken to the Mater Children's Hospital in Brisbane for emergency surgery at 2am on Monday.

C[pounds sterling]He had to have four stitches in his eyeball.

C[pounds sterling]It hit him right in the centre of his eye.C[yen]

Seth's suffering has been exacerbated by the need for eye drops every two hours to stop his eye from becoming infected.

He has to be woken throughout the night for them to be administered.

C[pounds sterling]We have to hold him on the bed because they sting so much.C[yen]

Seth has been having tests every day but can't see from his injured eye.

C[pounds sterling]He won't be able to see out of that eye,'' his father said.

C[pounds sterling]They are just trying to save his eye at the moment.C[yen]

Mr McInnes said Seth would have to wear an eye patch for six months and he could need to keep applying the eye drops for the same amount of time. …

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