A seven-year-old boy is recovering in hospital after stabbing himself in the eye with a steak knife on Christmas Day.
Riley Jenkins, from Victoria, was trying to get the plastic ties off a totem tennis set while his parents’ backs were turned when the accident happened.
The youngster was rushed to hospital by helicopter after slicing through his iris before surgeons operated to save his right eyeball.
But Riley is now facing a long wait in hospital before doctors can say whether he will loose any of his vision.
Riley Jenkins, 7, (left with mother Sarah) was attempting to cut the plastic ties on a tennis set with a steak knife when he slipped and plunged it into his eye
Mother Sarah Jenkins told Daily Mail Australia that Christmas Day had started off at 6am when she got up to stop Riley peeking at his presents.
An hour later Riley woke up his sister Heather, nine, and four-year-old brother Oliver before they opened their presents together as Sarah and husband Kane watched.
Sarah said: ‘We finished the gifts and everyone went off to do their own thing – Kane set up the trampoline, the kids opened toys, I was cleaning up the mess.
‘Riley couldn’t wait for me to help him so he grabbed a steak knife from the kitchen draw, ran out on to the lawn and tried to open his totem tennis set. Then I heard the scream.’
Sarah said when she first went outside all she could see was Riley sitting on the floor holding his eye and apologising.
Sarah said she was tidying up while husband Kane (left) helped the children set up their presents when Riley snuck a knife from the kitchen and tried to open his on his own
At first she thought he had just poked himself in the eye with a finger, so she covered it with a cloth and called Kane.
But when they lifted the cloth and saw what was underneath, they realised the injury was far more serious.
Riley and Kane were taken to hospital in a helicopter, with Sarah staying behind to look after Heather, Oliver, and six-month-old baby Evie.
It wasn’t until the following day that Sarah was able to take the other children to see their brother as he recovered from the initial surgery.
She added: ‘He is a really tough little guy. He’s had a couple of rough days, it started bleeding again yesterday and the pain was really bad.
‘He’s now been confined to bed or wheelchair to avoid another trauma. It’s very hard to keep a 7 year old boy still!’
Riley was rushed to hospital by helicopter on Christmas Day where surgeons saved his eyeball, but must wait before doctors can say if he will lose any sight
Sarah said that her and her husband are taking it in turns to break down over the injury, adding that she has been crying a lot and struggling to sleep.
Daughter Heather is mirroring her behaviour, she said, while Oliver is excited because people keep giving him toys. Six-month-old Evie is just upset she no longer has mum’s undivided attention.
As for Riley, Sarah said he is able to read large letters on a board with the help of a special lens, and doctors are hopeful he will make a full recovery.
But until Riley’s eye stops bleeding enough for them to examine the retina, they will not be able to say with certainty if he will lose any sight.
In either case, he will need a month of recovery before they can start rehab and treatment to help get his sight back to normal.