An 18-month-old toddler has lost an eye in Worcestershire after being hit by a rogue drone when a family friend lost control of the machine.
Oscar Webb, from Stourport-on-Severn had his eyeball was sliced in half by one of the drone’s propellers after operator Simon Evans became unable to navigate it.
Mr Evans told the BBC that the drone had been flying for about a minute, but as he was about to land it, it “clipped a tree and span round”.
He 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.”
It wasn’t until they were in the ambulance that Oscar’s mother, Amy Roberts, saw her son open his eye. She 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.”
According to Faye Mellington, a consultant in oculoplastics and orbital surgery at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, the long term outlook for Oscar’s vision is “extremely poor”. However, the toddler can still see out of his remaining eye.
Miss Mellington told BBC that she had never seen a drone injury before, but “given their popularity and common use”, more drone-related injuries are inevitable.