A MUM’s frantic call to medics when her toddler son fell on pencil – skewering his face and fracturing his eye – has just been released.
Aussie mum Bri Skrypinski screamed “He’s going purple” after 14-month old Thomas lodged a pencil into his top palate, missing his optic nerve by millimetres.
Little Thomas had wandered away from adults during a family gathering in the Qeensland home when his mother heard screaming in November 2016.
His mum found him distressed, covered in blood and with a pencil jammed into the roof of his mouth.
She described the ordeal as “every parent’s worst nightmare”.
In audio from the call to Queensland Ambulance Service, Bri can be heard telling the operator: “He has fallen, he had a pencil in his mouth, it has gone right up into his palate.
“We cannot get (the pencil) out, it is jammed. He is bleeding everywhere.
“What can we do? We can’t stop the bleeding.
“He’s completely alert but there’s blood coming out of his nose.
“He’s starting to go purple in the face.”
As the operator repeats instructions not to remove the pencil, Thomas can be heard crying in distress in the background.
His concerned mum comforts him by saying “it’s okay, it’s okay”.
Thomas was taken to hospital where he endured two hours of surgery to remove the penicl from his face.
It had fractured his eye socket and narrowly missed the optic nerve by millimetres.
Doctors informed the family that Thomas may have lost part or all of his vision if the nerve been damaged.
The family thanked QAS Paramedics for their work.
Thomas, now a healthy young three-year-old, wears glasses to aid muscular damage around his eye.
Speaking to Yahoo News Australia, his mum said: “He needs to wear glasses but that is a great outcome considering.”
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