A THREE-year-old boy had to undergo surgery to remove a shard of glass embedded in his foot after yobs smashed his family’s greenhouse.
Lewis King stood on a piece of the broken glass and was taken to the doctor by his mum, Hilary. The doctor sent him to Dewsbury and District Hospital but they were unable to remove it because it was so deep, so he was then sent to Pinderfields for surgery.
However after waiting several hours, the hospital decided they could not carry out the procedure that day and his parents were told to bring him back on Sunday.
The operation was then carried out and Lewis is now back home nursing his sore foot.
Hilary and her husband, Jason, of Gomersal, are angry that a prank ended up with such serious consequences for their son.
“I was out in the garden last Thursday when a stone or brick came through the greenhouse and broke two panes of glass,” said Hilary.
“We heard some kids laughing and running off, so we cleaned up the mess. But on Friday morning Lewis had been playing outside, and as he came into the house and took his shoes off he stood on a piece of glass.
“We cleaned it up as best we could, but we could feel this piece of glass still in his heel so took him to the doctors, and they sent us to A&E. But because it was so deep in his foot they sent us to Pinderfields.
“As he was having a general anaesthetic he couldn’t have anything to eat or drink. He was so hungry and upset because he couldn’t understand why. Then at 5.30pm the operation was cancelled and we had to go back on Sunday. He couldn’t eat or drink anything from 6pm on the Saturday. It was so upsetting for him.
“The staff at Dewsbury and Pinderfields were absolutely fantastic, but the whole thing has left him deeply traumatised. It was a very long and upsetting weekend. I just want those who threw the brick to know what an irresponsible thing it was, and to know the consequences of their actions. We ended up in hospital for two days and it also means Lewis can’t go to nursery, or playgym – which he loves – until it’s better.
“He’s been so brave, but those who go round throwing bricks should just think before they do these things. It was a stupid, idiotic prank.”