Go fish? Girl gets hook stuck above eye

FISH hooks can be dangerous if not handled with care, as one little Gympie girl found out the hard way this week.

Keen fisherwoman Sophie Chappell, 7, is sporting two holes and a bandaid above her left eye today; it's a happy outcome from what could have been a devastating mishap on the banks of the Noosa River on Wednesday.

Sophie and her family were visiting Sophie's grandparents, who are holidaying at Noosa, and she had spent a lovely morning catching fish on the new rod and reel combination her mum, Lisa McCarthy, had given her and her sister.

"She had been doing really well; casting out on her own and pulling in a few fish," Lisa said yesterday when going over the events of that day.

"She had finished fishing and was playing in the sand with her little friend (aged about 10)."

Lisa and her partner were in a boat on the river and Lisa's parents were watching the kids from the nearby apartment.

The kids spent some time burying each other in the sand on the side of the river, but then Sophie's little friend picked up the rod and had a go at casting out.

"Suddenly we could hear this shrieking," Lisa remembers.

In a freak accident, the hook at the end of Sophie's line had pierced her face just millimetres above her eye.

Much lower and Sophie's eye could have been irreparably damaged.

About an inch of the hook and barb had disappeared under the skin near her eyebrow.

"We came back in the boat. I could see everyone huddled around and I thought someone must have caught a big fish," Lisa said.

"Then I said (to my partner) I think someone has been hurt."

Lisa and her partner rushed a "freaking out" Sophie to the nearest hospital where she was examined and x-rayed to make sure the hook had not lodged under the brow bone.

It was "quite a ways in", she said.

Sophie had calmed down by then and, her mum laughs, "kept asking for the gas".

She was taken into a small operating room where she finally got her gas, as well as some local anaesthetic.

The doctor pushed the hook up and out, snipped off the barb and then removed the entire thing.

Sophie got to take it home in a jar.

Her little mate came over to visit her when she returned from the hospital and make sure she was okay.

Gympie Times


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