Hapless Tot Stabs Face With Pencil, Misses Eye By 1mm

Story ByJohn FengSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyAsia Wire Report


This is the adorable nursery school pupil who accidentally stabbed himself in the face with a pencil and narrowly avoided piercing his left eyeball by just 1 millimetre.

Huang Guofa, aged four, was treated at the First Affiliated Hospital of Gannan Medical University under the care paediatric surgeon Liu Linlin on 28th April.

“He was running with the pencil while playing at nursery school,” Doctor Liu revealed.

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She added: “He fell over and the pencil impaled his eye socket.”

The pencil, measuring 12 centimetres (4.7 inches) long, entered his face above his cheek and travelled below his lower eyelid into his eye socket 

“The pencil was extremely close to his eye. 1 millimetre to the side and his eye would’ve been pierced by it,” Doctor Lin said.

The young boy was successfully operated on and the pencil was removed whole and intact, without causing any further injury to the child’s face.

The lucky boy avoided damage to his eye and tests confirmed the trauma did not affect his vision.

He was kept under observation and then discharged after just two days.

Doctor Lin has advised members of the public to seek immediate medical attention in the event of a similar accident instead of attempting to remove the foreign bodies on their own.