Boy rushed to hospital with door handle stuck in his eye after being impaled while falling


Ryno van der Westhuizen and the door handle 
By: Wayne Morin

A boy was rushed to a hospital after a metal door handle got stuck in his eye during a freak accident.

8-year-old Ryno van der Westhuizen of South Africa, whose eye was impaled by a door handle, will not lose his sight thanks to a team of medical experts.

The boy was playing at his home in Johannesburg on Thursday, when he fell against a door and the handle pierced his left eye socket.

The handle broke and the boy was left with a 1.9 inch piece of metal below his left eye. He was taken to a nearby hospital.

A CT scan showed that the metal missed the boy’s brain by millimeters and it did not damage nerves in his eye.

Doctors remove the metal door handle from his eye because the longer it is left inside the greater the risk of infection and other complications.

The boy's mother, Joet van der Westhuizen, said that he was taken to the Netcare Clinton Hospital in Alberton for surgery.