A schoolboy has lost an eye after being shot by toy weapons in two freak accidents.
Taylor-Jay Ravicini, 9, from Swansea in Wales, was blinded in his left eye after being hit by a toy arrow at the age of three.
“The first time it was a freak accident. I was there with my three children and everything just happened in a flash,” his 35-year-old mother Stacey said.
In August, Taylor was playing when his friend shot a Nerf gun pellet at his damaged eye, injuring it even further. This time his eye was too damaged and had to be removed.
“What are the chances of an accident happening twice in the same eye?” Stacey said.
“I was downstairs and I heard a devastating scream and my heart sunk, I couldn’t even go to see him, I sent my partner as I knew something had happened.
“Taylor’s eye was full of blood and it was causing a build up of pressure.
“Doctors told us that he risked losing sight in both eyes if we didn’t remove the damaged one.”
Stacey is fundraising for a more convincing prosthetic eye after some students started bullying Taylor.
The concerned mother is desperate to ensure Taylor’s welfare.
“I really don’t want people thinking I am a bad mother,” she said.
“I am constantly worrying for him and what will happen next, it has just been one big emotional rollercoaster.
“I hope people understand how much he needs this prosthetic eye.”